Term

Spring 5-14-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Michal Moskow

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Anne DeMuth

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Mary Larson

Abstract

The research questions addressed in this project are: What are the current barriers in high schools in a large mid-­‐western city that prevent Somali girls from joining high school sports? Which local programs have been successful in recruiting Somali girls and how has this been accomplished? What are some solutions to overcoming obstacles that are preventing involvement? The motivating factor for this capstone was to provide recommendations to coaches and athletic directors of high schools on how to incorporate more of their Somali female population into their athletic programs. The results of this study suggest that there are specific actions that can be taken in order to increase involvement from the mentioned population.

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