By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett III will try to give Clovis Community College students an insight into the culture of sports from the athlete’s perspective, according to college officials.
Baskett will teach an eight-week sociology of sport course starting March 14. CCC students will earn three credits for the sociology elective, which is an online course.
Ruthie Hefner, CCC sociology division chairwoman, said some students complain the sociology department lacks sociology electives.
She said the topic of sociology of sports is popular in colleges on the east and west coasts and with Baskett in town for a few months while the NFL season is over, she asked him if he was interested in teaching the course.
Hefner, who said she is a close friend of Baskett’s, said he brings the perspective of a professional athlete who has experienced the impact of sports on academic and social levels.
“And so we thought it would be a great opportunity for the public to see it from a personal perspective,” said Hefner.
The course will cover a wide range of topics dealing with the culture of sports and its effect on society, Hefner said.
“Hank brought about five of the eight units that are in that course, focused around the role of sports in society, sports and business, sports and violence … But also the role of parents in the way they’re pushing their children, and the role of the black athlete in society,” she said. “So I felt he brought some unique perspectives that otherwise we would not be able to offer … at Clovis Community College.”
Baskett played for the University of New Mexico and graduated in 2005 with a degree in management, according to the Philadelphia Eagles Web site.