ACE 2016 Wrap-Up Newsletter
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Wrapping Up the Summer of 2016

A Note from the Program Director
To our first team of ACE student-athletes and to coaches, parents and families, athletic departments, DukeEngage, the Haas Center for Public Service, and community partners — and to David Rubenstein and Helen and Peter Bing, whose generosity and vision made the ACE program possible: THANK YOU for an incredible first summer. I had the privilege to visit our four programs this summer, and I can attest to the fact that our ACE student-athletes truly embodied the values of community partnership and service. The students’ work ethic, their desire to immerse themselves in new communities and cultures, and their teamwork across schools and sports teams has created a unique program model. The eagerness and appreciation the student-athletes had for this experience was so evident in the energy they brought each day on their program sites. I’m excited to see how our first ACE group brings their experiences back to their academic and public service lives, to their teams, and to the greater campus communities at Duke and Stanford. Thank you for being a part of the journey this summer and joining the ACE family!
Emily Durham, ACE Program Director
ACE Summer of 2016 - A Look Back
An Overview ACE 2016 Participants
  • 14 Duke teams and 13 Stanford teams represented
  • 21 Duke and 19 Stanford student-athletes across four programs
  • 65% female and 35% male participants
  • Class years: 28% rising sophomores; 48% rising juniors; 17% rising seniors; and 7% seniors returning for at least 1 quarter/semester after their ACE experience
  • Academic disciplines: 5% Humanities; 28% Natural Sciences; 40% Social Sciences; 20% Engineering; 7% Undecided
ACE in India 2016: Program Director, Emily Durham worked with a videographer in India to produce this short film, which features student interviews.
Student Videos from Vietnam and India
Two students shared videos they created to showcase their experiences in the field.
Media Coverage of ACE 2016
"Clear Eyes, Full Hearts"
An article describing the experiences of five Stanford Cardinal who participated in ACE programs. Read the article here.
"Bruneau Reflects on Summer Trip to Vietnam"
Coach David Cutcliffe's Duke Football TV Show spoke with Bronson Bruneau about his summer and the connections he made in Vietnam.
Coming Back to Campus
We welcomed our first group of #ACEathletes back to campus this fall. Through our ALL-ACE Gatherings at Duke and Stanford, our student-athletes had a chance to share stories from the summer and learn about ways to stay involved post-ACE. Look for more to come on our very first group of ACE Ambassadors: program alumni who are taking a leadership role in advising and preparing the next ACE team.
Most Popular Instagram Posts

Summer 2016 ACE Blog

Please take a moment to read through the student-athletes' personal reflections about their summer experiences. Their writings showcase a range of emotions and activities that speak to the powerful impact of the program. The posts are sometimes funny, often touching and always genuine. And we're grateful to the student-athletes for sharing them with us.

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