HPU Professor Presents Paper At Mexico Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 20, 2009 – Dr. James Zarick, associate professor of sport management at High Point University, recently presented a paper at the Academy of Business Administration Global Trends Conference, held Dec. 18-23 in Cancun, Mexico.
Zarick presented a paper titled “The Impact of Volunteerism on the Perceptions of a Sport,” which collected data from volunteers at a 5K road race in an effort to try and determine if their perceptions were changed by their experience as a volunteer.
Zarick explains that many sports, such as triathlons, marathons and many youth sports, are heavily dependent upon volunteers for survival. Even world-class events such as the Boston Marathon or the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii could not possibly take place without an army of volunteers.
“Much has been written about what motivates these people to become volunteers, but little has been done to determine what effects occur to the volunteers by their involvement,A” Zarick says.
The ABA, an international organization of university and college professors, facilitates opportunities and encourages an exchange of ideas and research between and among its members. It also provides forums for the dissemination of research to its members and other constituencies.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.
Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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