Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

First Advisor

Neil Hattlestad


The purpose of this study was to determine the present status of intercollegiate varsity athletic letterwinners [sic] of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Of equal importance to this study were the opinions and attitudes of these athletes toward their varsity athletic experience at Augustana College. All varsity letterwinners [sic] included in records obtained from the Alumni and Athletic office files, 1920 to 1977, were sent a questionnaire. The data were analyzed through calculation of the total number of responses to each questionnaire item, as well as percentages, and averages. The questionnaire was mailed to 958 letterwinners [sic]. Five-hundred and forty-two questionnaires (56.6 percent) were received before the deadline of March 24, 1978. The questionnaire consisted of items pertaining to present status and opinions of the letterwinners [sic]. The status items consisted of: letters received in each sport, sex, marital status, children, state of residence, date of graduation, academic major(s) graduate study, advanced degrees, parent's education, financial assistance received, occupation, military service, organization membership, political offices held, salary, physical condition, leisure time activities and participation frequency. The letterwinners [sic] responded positively to the following opinion items: 72.2 percent believed they were well prepared for coaching; 83.6 percent indicated that their coach(es) had at least some influence on their personal growth; 69.0 percent believed that in the classroom they received the same treatment as other students; 60.0 percent suggested that athletic participation was worthy of academic credit; 73.1 percent stated that their athletic experience had a positive effect on their present feelings toward their alma mater; and 68.8 percent believed that athletics had a positive effect on their lives.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Augustana College (Sioux Falls, S.D.) -- Alumni and alumnae
Augustana College (Sioux Falls, S.D.) -- Sports




South Dakota State University