Rural community well-being through minor league sport Academic Article uri icon


  • PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to investigate how small-town residents perceptions of a minor league sport teams socially responsible initiatives (SRI) influence several psychological responses to SRI, including feelings of gratitude, subjective well-being, place attachment and community pride.Design/methodology/approachA cross-sectional, survey-based research design was employed to empirically assess the effects of SRI on positive psychological responses in the context of a minor league sport team located in a rural community. The data set used in this study included a convenience sample of 307 small-town residents.FindingsResidents of the rural community did perceive and feel grateful for their minor league sport teams SRI. Grateful residents experienced higher levels of subjective well-being (happiness, pleasure and satisfaction) as well as enhanced community pride and attachment due to the local sport teams altruistic and prosocial behaviors.Research limitations/implicationsThis studys findings shed light on a critical function and benefit of a minor league sport team in rural communities. Emotionally valued prosocial efforts enhance the well-being of residents in rural communities. Thus, a reasonable course of action for local community leaders and public-sector organizations is to invest in and create partnership opportunities with their local minor league sport teams. Such efforts can turn sport teams into leverageable assets that can help promote healthy and sustainable communities for current residents as well as future generations.Originality/valueA contribution of this study is the integration of the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions to better understand how gratitude mediates the relationship between SRI and beneficial community-focused outcomes such as pride, attachment and well-being.

published proceedings

  • Sport Business and Management An International Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Do Kim, Y., Magnusen, M. J., Weaver, A., & Kim, M.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Do Kim, Young||Magnusen, Marshall J||Weaver, Anthony||Kim, Minjung

publication date

  • January 2019