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ERIC Number: EJ764810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-5
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
The Other Club Scene
Davis, Noah
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n4 p22-25 Apr 2007
At colleges nationwide, students from diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds meet and befriend each other under the auspices of club sports. Adam Pruett, the recreational sports coordinator at the University of California, Los Angeles, says any cultural uneasiness is overcome by the students' shared passion for the particular activity. "The students rally around the sport that they love," he says. "It's when they are playing, and then afterwards when they are spending time together, that they discover their similarities." Gina Coleman, the dean of students at Williams College in Massachusetts and the coach of the women's rugby team, the school's most diverse club sport, believes that the bonding that occurs on a club team is similar to that which develops on the varsity level. She says the common point is that they are all involved in a particular sport. But club sports are inherently different from their varsity counterparts because more students can participate. And with so many students involved, meeting and befriending a peer from a different background is almost guaranteed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Massachusetts; New York; United States