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ERIC Number: EJ919992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-16
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
The Road Less Traveled
Ruffins, Paul
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n16 p10-11 Sep 2010
Collegiate sports, and athletic scholarships in particular, have served as portals to higher education for generations of African-Americans who may not have otherwise attended college. That's not the case for Latinos. Despite their growing presence in professional sports, Hispanics remain underrepresented in collegiate athletics. Scholars and sports personnel note specific structural, cultural and educational issues preventing more Latinos from using their athletic talents as a ladder to college. Jim Sarra, deputy athletic director at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic-serving institution, says boosting the numbers of Latino student-athletes depends on increasing the enrollment of Hispanic students in general. Some barriers to college for Hispanic students--including cultural pressure on young adults to work rather than attend college to support the family--are, by extension, barriers to collegiate play.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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