DURHAM, N.C. — Beginning this summer, 20 student-athletes from both Duke and Stanford are set to represent the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program. The program provides one-time funding for student-athletes to engage in a three-week international service project, and the first of four overseas initiatives will begin June 22.
During the application process, student-athletes from each institution selected one of four international sites – Vietnam, South Africa, China or India, and each location provides a unique service-based focus.
Student-athletes traveling to Vietnam are scheduled to teach academics, sports and life skills to students at under-resourced middle schools with a focus on mentorship and promoting higher education, while those making the trip to South Africa will assist with basic healthcare initiatives, activity-based education and teaching, light construction and youth sports programs.
At the China site, student-athletes will promote youth development through sports and work to foster a greater commitment to environmental protection among ethnic minority youth. The student-athletes participating at the India site will lead sports activities and help teach classes for youth in English, the arts, technology and mathematics.
“As a student-athlete, one of my biggest challenges is the time constraints of attending a rigorous academic school while competing on a team that is in season both in the fall and the spring,” said Celia Macrae, a rising junior on the Duke rowing team.

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