This book discusses the role that sport participation plays in the lives of Black male high school students. As a former professional athlete himself, the author brings a firsthand personal quality to this study. As an educator he strives to counteract the problems associated with students who place sport participation ahead of academic achievement. Dr. Spence also seeks to educate educators to fight against inequality and racism in mainstream education and all of us to fight injustices in society.
“We have raped a generation of young black athletes. We have taken kids and sold them on bouncing a ball and running with a football and that being able to do certain things athletically was an end in its self. We cannot afford to do that to another generation.”
— Joe Paterno, Head Football Coach, Penn State University