Spectators' perceived social benefits, subjective well-being and support intention: non-mega-parasporting events' educational perspective

Rei Yamashita*, Masaya Muneda

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: It is crucial to create an inclusive society through sport. Many researchers have focused on the social benefits of hosting events and identified the necessity of revealing the impact of parasport. There is inadequate knowledge of what local residents perceive from spectating non-mega-parasporting events. Therefore, this research aimed to reveal the influence of spectators' perceived social benefits, subjective well-being, and support for parasport events. Design/methodology/approach: A survey was conducted with questionnaires distributed to spectators of two wheelchair basketball tournaments. Of the 2,100 questionnaires distributed, 1,996 were returned; of these, 1,544 were rejected because of not having local resident status. The final response rate of useable questionnaires was 22.6% (n = 452). Findings: Both community benefits and cultural/educational benefits positively affected subjective well-being, which also significantly affected support for the event. Further, there was no significant moderating effect of having family members or close friends with disability. Practical implications: The results indicate that sporting event managers can collaborate with local educational boards and use sporting events as educational material for children to raise next-generation, highly diversity-minded leaders from the local area. Originality/value: This study revealed that parasporting events have educational value. Additionally, athletes with disabilities inspire spectators, which changes the perception of their educational impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-469
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Event and Festival Management
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct 8

Keywords

  • Non-mega-sporting event
  • Parasport
  • Social benefits
  • Subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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