Sports and Community on Campus: Constructing a Sports Experience That Matters Academic Article uri icon


  • Student affairs personnel are often charged with the task of creating a sense of community on campuses. Sports is among the many activities that historically have been used to meet this need for community among students. Yet, how and when a sense of community is created within a sports context has not been appropriately addressed in literature. Utilizing a community psychology theoretical framework for this study, we employed a qualitative approach to uncover the necessary factors for creating a sense of community within a sports club setting. The results revealed that Common Interest, Leadership Opportunities, Voluntary Activity, and Competition were the most critical components to creating a sense of community. The results advance community building theory and suggest practical application for improving the student experience. The implications for sports managers and student affairs administrators are also discussed.

published proceedings

  • Journal of College Student Development

author list (cited authors)

  • Warner, S., & Dixon, M. A.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Warner, Stacy||Dixon, Marlene A

publication date

  • January 2013