Kwame Agyemang - Student Profile

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: May 14, 2010

Never mind his achievements. Never mind his road to Aggieland. For Kwame Agyemang, a doctoral student in kinesiology, there is one question he gets more than others."I'm always asked where my name originates," he says. "My father and mother arrived in the United States in 1978 and 1983 from Ghana.

Born in 1985, I am a first-generation American, but I come from the Asante tribe," Kwame says. "In our native language, Kwame translates to ‘a male born on Saturday.' Agyemang translates to ‘someone who fights to redeem a state.'" Kwame earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Oklahoma, but the reputation of Texas A&M University's sport management program is what brought the lifelong Sooner to College Station. "The Ph.D. program in sport management is considered one of the best in the world," Kwame says. "Couple this with the research interest of my faculty advisor John Singer and the Diversity Fellowship I received, it was a perfect match." "Dr. Singer's research interests concern the Black male athlete. After researching different doctoral programs, it was difficult to find someone who would cater to my research interests," he says. "Once I noticed what Dr. Singer's research entailed, I knew it would be a good fit. Texas A&M is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities. This also contributed to me selecting A&M." "When I attend conferences, other schools know of our program, and we are always the best represented.

This also cemented in my mind that Texas A&M was the right choice for me," he adds. Kwame's research interests concern strategic management of Black male athletes' professional careers on and off the field. He is also interested in how race place a part in determining how these individuals manage their professional careers. By investigating and better understanding these principles, Kwame intends to offer Black male athletes, and those acting as their managers, with the necessary tools to accomplish their stated goals. His time at Texas A&M has been instrumental in broadening his horizons in regards to sports and race. "I was blessed with the opportunity to host a panel titled Let's Talk: A Community Conversation on Race in College Sport," he says. "I also was elected as a student representative of the North American Society of Sport Management in 2009 and was named president of this same organization in 2010." Kwame also serves as president of the Graduate Sport Society and vice president of the Black Graduate Student Association.

When Kwame is finished at Texas A&M, he's open to staying in a university setting. "I hope to become a professor at a research institution like Texas A&M," he says. "I also plan to do a bit of consulting, utilizing my research to inform Black male athletes of the ‘dos and don'ts' of career management." Kwame credits much of his success to his parents. "They sacrificed a significant amount by coming to America-leaving behind their families in Ghana-and knowing virtually no one here in the U.S.," he says. "Na biribiara won tu me fo sɛ adesua ye papa, meaning they were always stressing the importance of education. This emphasis on education is a prime reason why I am here today. It's only fitting that I make well on the sacrifices they made for me and my siblings."