Impact of Professional Athlete Sponsorship on Educational Attainment in Western Kenya
The results are consistent with the hypothesis that “athlete” schools produce stronger Standard 8 students who in turn obtain greater KCPE scores than their peers at other schools. Athletes have a unique ability to connect rural schools with individuals or groups abroad and offer foreign support to these schools. Generally speaking, athletes have greater social capital than their fellow countrymen because they have had the opportunity to travel and meet contacts from all over the world. While Kenya and more specifically, the Eldoret region, may be unique in the pattern of the KCPE scores at schools with strong connections with athletes, our data results suggest that this idea be explored further. The next step is to expand the territory of a study, as well as to explore – what particular activity of athlete sponsorship – funding, bringing visitors, school board membership etc. – help to explain the differences in KCPE achievement.