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Antecedents and consequences of satisfaction among participants in health-affiliated charity sport events

Meungguk Park (School of Human Sciences, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois, USA)
Taeho Yoh (School of Human Sciences, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois, USA)
David J. Shonk (School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 2 February 2021

Issue publication date: 8 June 2021

Abstract

Purpose

Understanding factors that enhance participants' satisfaction has become critical to developing effective donor retention strategies for charity sport events (CSEs). However, there is a lack of empirical research on participants' satisfaction with CSEs. The purpose of this study is to examine the antecedents and consequences of satisfaction among CSE participants and to empirically test the relationships between the proposed constructs.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 238 participants from four Relay For Life (RFL) events organized by the American Cancer Society, North Central Region in the USA. Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling were conducted to analyze the measurement model and the structural model.

Findings

The results of the structural model indicated that perceived prosocial impact, sense of community and trust in CSE had significant positive effects on CSE satisfaction, while venue quality, knowledge attainment and entertainment value did not positively influence CSE satisfaction. CSE satisfaction had a positive direct effect on participant loyalty to CSE, which had a significant contribution to future participant intent.

Practical implications

The findings of this study provide CSE directors and marketers with valuable insights into the process of how to build long-term relationships with participants by identifying factors that influence participants' satisfaction and its consequences.

Originality/value

By measuring the mediating role of CSE satisfaction, this study provides a deeper understanding of the causal pathways from the antecedents to participant loyalty through CSE satisfaction.

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Citation

Park, M., Yoh, T. and Shonk, D.J. (2021), "Antecedents and consequences of satisfaction among participants in health-affiliated charity sport events", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 105-127. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-03-2020-0015

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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