The purpose of my study is to better understand mentoring and the effect it has on athletes.

This study gives insight on what other social scientists have found when studying mentorship in school, athletics, and the impact it has on athletes. Sociologists have explored how mentoring occurs in the school setting and the benefits mentees gain from the experiences, academically and socially. I analyzed and interpreted three different studies to get insight on the mentoring of black student athletes. This study also reviews theory on social and cultural capital. The research and studies I have reviewed in my literature section show the impact of mentoring.

I have utilized and discussed two methods to accomplish my study: surveying and interviewing. I have provided an in-depth analysis of the data I collected from my two methods. I discussed how all the participants of my study developed some sort of capital through their experience regardless of race or gender.

This research taught me that mentoring can occur in every aspect of one’s life: in the classroom, on the field/court and even in the home. I also learned that, race and gender play a role in mentoring but doesn’t change the experience and benefits the mentees possess.


Frese, Pam


Sociology and Anthropology


Social and Behavioral Sciences


mentoring, athletics, capital

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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