It's really not about the bike: Exploring attraction and attachment to the events of the lance armstrong foundation

Kevin R. Filo, Daniel C. Funk, Danny O'Brien

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Abstract

Participatory sport events have emerged as viable fundraising mechanisms for charitable organizations. This article examines the impact that motives for charitable giving and sport event participation have on charity sport events. The authors examine the factors that attract participants to a charity sport event, while the role of charity in fostering attachment to the event is explored. Focus groups were conducted with charity sport event participants to discuss what motivated their participation. Results revealed that intellectual, social, and competency motives along with the motives of reciprocity, self-esteem, need to help others, and desire to improve the charity contribute to attraction. In addition, the results suggest that the charitable component influences social and competency motives and contributes to the development of attachment to the event. The authors recommend event managers work to foster and leverage the sense of community created through these events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-525
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Sport Management
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes

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