Education through Athletics: Interest in an Athletics Performance Curriculum


  • Harry Molly The University of Virginia
  • Erianne A. Weight The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Intercollegiate Athletics, Experiential Education, College Sport, Higher Education, Sport for Development, Curriculum


Intellectual and life-skill benefits of collegiate athletics participation have been doc-umented in empirical research, yet athletics-centric curricula are traditionally not offered for academic credit in higher education. This pilot study employed a survey, distributed to FBS Division I college varsity athletes, coaches, athletics administra-tors, and faculty from three Atlantic Coast Conference institutions, to explore the interest in an athletics performance minor through the lens of the Integrated View of intercollegiate athletics. The results demonstrate a moderate interest in an ath-letics performance curriculum, with 66% of those surveyed voicing support. Those most supportive were varsity athletes and coaches, while faculty were the least sup-portive. This study adds to the literature by addressing the philosophical dichotomy that despite the nexus between educational outcomes and athletics, an opportunity for academic credit is lacking. 

Author Biography

Erianne A. Weight, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science