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Rooting for the Home TeamSport, Community, and Identity$
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Daniel A. Nathan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037610

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037610.001.0001

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Finding My Place

Finding My Place

A Sports Odyssey

(p.182) 12. Finding My Place
Rooting for the Home Team

Susan Cahn

University of Illinois Press

In this chapter, the author shares her sports odyssey that began in suburban Chicago and ended in Buffalo, New York. The author recalls the time when, as a young girl, she spent many hours by herself. Her tomboy persona simply didn't fit in with the girl culture at her school and there were no alternative girl playmates in her neighborhood. Yet even as hery tomboyish love of sports contributed to her isolation, it also helped solve it. The author explains how sport provided her solace and joy. Her story is about sports played for different reasons in different communities. It is about coming to terms with her lesbian identity, finding supportive spaces comprised of people who respect difference, and a regular pickup basketball game at the Bob Lanier Center, known as “The Bob.” According to the author, “basketball at the Bob is about familiarity, a sense of belonging, meaningful activity, and ties that bind.” She concludes by reflecting on a contrasting vision of sport and community linked to sport spectatorship.

Keywords:   sport, Chicago, Buffalo, New York, lesbian identity, basketball, Bob Lanier Center, belonging, community, sport spectatorship

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