Date Presented

Spring 4-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Alisha Walker Marciano, PhD

Second Advisor

Donald Werner, PhD

Third Advisor

Virginia Cykle, PhD


The broad scope of extracurricular activities during childhood and adolescents provides favorable conditions for promoting positive youth development. The current study examined the relationship between athletic extracurricular experiences at the high school and college level and developmental factors learned from these experiences. From this particular sample, participants participating in either a team or an individual sport tended to have significantly higher rates of positive identity experience within their activity compared to those who did not play an upper level sport. Participants who assessed a high school or college level individual sporting activity tended to report significantly higher rates of interpersonal skills and adult networking skills related to their activity compared to participants involved in another extracurricular activity.