Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patty Whang


This Capstone Project aimed to investigate the school-related challenges and benefits of having a K-6th grade child who participates in travel or club level sports during the school year as an elite athlete. There was little to no relevant research literature on this topic, but I was able to navigate and build off of other formative research surrounding the main idea; excessive absences related to sports and extracurricular activities, and truancy. Based on the analysis of the data collected, I used what I had learned to formulate an action plan that responds to the challenges parents experience raising an elite athlete in a way that inspires, informs, or involves a particular audience. One of the biggest hurdles that elite student athletes and their parents have to deal with is truancy. The focus of this capstone project provided a solution for parents and elite student athletes to receive support from their elementary school when having to miss school for a competition or tournament.