Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Diversity and Community Studies

Document Type



This thesis analyzes sport as a tool for belonging and integration with the youth refugee community of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Through a Track and Field program, researchers introduced different sport experiences to the refugee community. The program aimed to spark an interest in a different physical activity, which has been linked to positive mental and physical skills, while offering an opportunity for social interaction and development to the participants. Following the four-week Track and Field program, seven children participated in in-depth semi-structured interviews. Several themes emerged from the interviews, including happiness, learning, exercising, and community. The results from this study have several practical implications that support the need for sport programming as a way to help similar populations develop a sense of integration and belonging in a new community.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Stacey Forsythe, Ph.D.


Community-Based Research | Development Studies | International and Area Studies | Sports Studies

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