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Who Enters Campus Recreation Facilities: A Demographic Analysis

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Author(s): Paul Rohe Milton | Beth J. Patton

Journal: International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation & Tourism
ISSN 1791-874X

Volume: 7;
Issue: b;
Start page: 11;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: recreational sports | recreation facilities | campus recreation | participation | student recreation

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to examine student entry into a campus recreation center based on seven demographics (gender, ethnicity, age, class standing, intercollegiate athlete vs. non-athlete, students with self-reported disability vs. non-disability, and campus residence) in order to determine who would be most likely to enter the recreation center. Subjects were from a mid-western, four year state-assisted institution with combined enrollment of 23,932 undergraduate and graduate students. Of the 23,932 enrolled, 14,032 students were examined in this study. Information on student entry to the recreation center was collected through the university’s student information system. Data was analyzed and interpreted using chi-square analysis. Results of the study show statistically significant differences in the demographics except the student disability demographic. More males than females, more African Americans than other ethnicities, more traditionally aged (18-25) students than non-traditional students, more underclassmen than seniors, more athletes and non-athletes, more residents than commuters were likely to enter the campus recreation center. The findings in this study could be used by collegiate recreational sport directors and administrators, in the United States and internationally, for future ideas about programming in similar recreation settings.
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