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Sport Participation Rates among Underserved American Youth

March 27, 2014  • Prepared by Mike Sagas and George B. Cunningham of the University of Florida's Sport Policy & Research Collaborative

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The purpose of this research brief is to review and describe the most relevant and recent data on the topic of sport participation rates among American
youth by various historically underserved populations. Specifically, data is aggregated and summarized by social class, race, gender, and disability
status. While the available data and research related to sport participation and physical activity rates among youth is often scant and even non‐existent in some cases, what research that is available demonstrates several significant participation and activity gaps between wealthy and poor, Whites and