Kyra Gaines is a senior at Eastern Washington University majoring in sociology. She was born in Tallahassee, Florida, but was mostly raised on the west side of Washington State due to her dad being the military. In March 2011, Kyra was selected to become a part of the TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Program, where she participated in a McNair summer internship. Kyra's McNair research project examines how African American females still manage to dominate in the area of track and field, even while collegiate sports research has shown that most women's collegiate sports reflect an underrepresentation of African American student athletes. Having a great passion for track and field as well as sociology, Kyra is pursuing graduate studies in the area of sport sociology, where she plans to continue her McNair research on the sociological study of African American Women in Collegiate Track and Field. The ultimate goal of Kyra's research is to extend her knowledge of the success of female African American track athletes, even with their "double jeopardy" of race and gender, and to share this knowledge with others.
Kyra has participated in intercollegiate track and field the two years she has been at Eastern, and decided to take her senior year off to focus more on her academic endeavors. She still looks forward to pursuing her dream of one day competing at the highest competitive level of track and field.
Dr. Robert Bartlett, Professor, Department of Sociology, EWU
2011 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Run Sista' Run: Black Women in Track & Field 1948-1999.
Gaines, Kyra, (Robert Bartlett), Sociology, Africana Education Program
Long before Title IX black women athletes proved to the world a passion to compete in track and field. Theybecame some of the fastest women on the planet. This paper focuses on the lived experiences of the first black women of track and field and the records and social barriers they broke. The purpose of this study was to examine how African American females defied the odds and won on the world's biggest stage, the Olympic oval. This study is intended to give exposure to some of the challenges that exist at the intersection of gender, race, and sport. This sociological research implements elements of Critical Race Theory and the analysis of primary and secondary sources. The ultimate goal of this research is to a fill a gap in the literature by focusing on the individual lives of these six black collegiate/Olympian women athletes.
Conference Presentations: _________________________________________________________________
Northwest Association of Sociology of Sports Conference (NASSS), Minneapolis, MN: November 2-5, 2011
Graduate School Acceptances:______________________________________________________________
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs: MA Program; Sociology
phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)
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