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ERIC Number: EJ809693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
How I Learned to Love Athletic Recruits
Sacken, Mike
Academe, v94 n4 p24-27 Jul-Aug 2008
The author does not think of himself as a logical candidate to help first-generation college athletes graduate. He is 59 and middle class, not a former athlete or a first-generation college graduate, and obviously not hip. More to the point, he is white and Texas-born, and he attended segregated schools his whole student life. He was even at the University of Texas in 1969 when the Longhorns had the dubious distinction of becoming the last all-white national champions in football. Yet he has become involved in the lives of many young men and women athletes over the past decade, most of them African Americans. This unofficial role is an incredibly meaningful part of his teaching life, mostly because it still surprises him. In this article, the author shares how his experience mentoring college athletes changed his life and his approach to education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas