Final Exam 2

Final Exam 2 - 1 Select a program designed to improve sporting behavior and in one paragraph describe the program Answer National Sportsmanship day

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1. Select a program designed to improve sporting behavior and in one paragraph describe the program. Answer: National Sportsmanship day is held annually on the first Tuesday in March and sponsored by the Institution for International Sport. The purpose of the day is to promote good sporting behavior. Youth organizations and schools from elementary through college are involved in the festivities. The activities range from role-playing to games, all of which are meant to stimulate good sporting behavior. 2. Discuss the odds of achieving upward social mobility through sports for male and female athletes. Answer: The odds for achieving upward social mobility through sports is limited for femail athletes. “Female athletes have fewer sports through which to gain upward mobility due to the dearth of professional sports for women.” (p.240). With less sports to choose from, there ends up being fewer women that are able to break through into a higher social class. Therefore there odds are quite a bit lower than those of mens sports. Even the women that do achieve some upward movement, only notice limited results because of how much more money the men are paid. 3. Although we like to think that anyone can become a champion athlete through talent, hard work, and perseverance, the truth is that social class has a significant effect on success in sport. Discuss the effects of social class on the odds of athletic success. Answer: Social class plays a huge role in an athletes chance of succeding in sport. High-performance sports require a lot of time and money in order to succeed. Despite the line of thinking that says anyone can suceed if they try hard enough, and the many examples of those who have made it in the past, the chances are much more in favor of certain social classes. The lowest level of social class families often have to constantly work in order to survive. This severely limits an athletes’s chances of succeeding if they come from this level. Athletes from working-class and middle-class families have the best chance of succeeding. These families instill a string sense of work ehtic and self-discipline into the children. These traits allow them to become very good at sport, especially because the coaches praise these values and furthur help them to suceed. . Families in this class will also have enough money to support the athletes training, or be willing to make sacrifices to give to the dream that they may one day make it at the highest level.
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On the other hand, athletes from the upper social class levels do not have a good chance at being successful. They do not have the motivation to succeed because of their exposure to wealth and the influence they receive from their families to instead focus on other ways of life. Sports are seen only as an activity or diversion, and not as a way of social or economic mobility as they are by the lower classes. This is all backed up by a study done by David Hemerey on
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHYS 250 taught by Professor Perkinspurgavie during the Spring '07 term at Bates.

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Final Exam 2 - 1 Select a program designed to improve sporting behavior and in one paragraph describe the program Answer National Sportsmanship day

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