DURHAM, N.C. – Five Duke student-athletes – Kevin Gehsmann (football), Alan Ko (fencing), Maddy Price (track & field), Jonathan Schwartzman (fencing) and Mackenzie Willborn (swimming & diving) – are in Vietnam this summer as part of the second class of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) program. The program provides one-time funding for Duke and Stanford student-athletes to engage in a three-week international service project.
All five Blue Devils provided blogs on their initial experiences in Vietnam, which can be read below.

America’s Pastime
July 10, 2017 l Jonathan Schwartzman, Duke Men’s Fencing and Reagan Damoose, Stanford Women’s Lightweight Rowing
Intro: JD and Reagan both coach baseball with two Vietnamese coaches, who prior to the camp had never played the sport before. 
1. What is your experience with baseball?
JD: Baseball was my first real sport that I grew to love. It was the first time that I had been genuinely competitive, which came along with a necessary but unfamiliar level of commitment. I remember times in which I wanted to do anything but go to practice, but I was always there in the end. Baseball taught me about honoring my commitments and staying true to my word and team.

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