The Meaning Behind Attachment: Exploring Camaraderie, Cause, and Competency at a Charity Sport Event

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Title The Meaning Behind Attachment: Exploring Camaraderie, Cause, and Competency at a Charity Sport Event
Author Filo, Kevin; Funk, Daniel Carl; O'Brien, Daniel James
Journal Name Journal of Sport Management
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Abstract Charity sport events have emerged as widespread and integral fundraising mechanisms for charitable organizations. This paper explores the meaning that charity sport events hold in participants' lives. Using the Psychological Continuum Model (PCM) as the theoretical framework, the authors examine participant attachment to charity sport events. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants in a charity sport event (N=32) to discuss their perceptions of the event and their overall event experiences. Results revealed that camaraderie, cause, and competency reflect the enhanced meaning of the event and provide further explanation of attachment. Suggestions are made for charitable organizations and host communities to leverage these factors effectively and develop long-term sustainable events, and to assist in recruiting volunteers and facilitating social change in host communities.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://journals.humankinetics.com/JSM
Volume 23
Page from 361
Page to 387
ISSN 0888-4773
Date Accessioned 2009-06-18
Date Available 2010-10-12T06:56:10Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Sport and Leisure Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28465
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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