Abstract and Keywords
Spanish-surnamed athletes have been part of American sports for many decades, yet they have not been adequately recognized for their contributions, particularly at the collegiate and high school levels. As the nation’s demographics continue to change, Latinos/as in rural areas are even becoming prominent in athletics, as well as in states outside of the areas considered “traditional” for this population. How will such changes impact social relations both on and off the fields of athletic competition? It is important to focus on two critical issues with this burgeoning population: (1) Why do Latinos/as continue to be underrepresented at all levels of collegiate sport?; and (2) What are some of the issues concerning the classification of Latino/a athletes who do not have Spanish surnames? Are they to be chastised if they do not choose to represent the nations of their ethnic background?
Keywords: Latino studies, Latinos/as and sport, Spanish-surnamed athletes, Latinos/as and collegiate sport, Latinos and rural communities, Latino/a high school athletes, Mexican Americans and basketball, Mexican Americans and softball, Jessica Mendoza, Lisa Fernandez
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