ACE Program Updates from the Field
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A Letter from the Director
As we welcome back our second team of ACE student-athletes from around the world to our Duke and Stanford campuses, I’m grateful to all those who had a role in this summer’s success – our coaches, parents and families, athletic departments, DukeEngage and the Haas Center for Public Service, community partners, and David Rubenstein and Helen and Peter Bing. While the first ACE summer was about launching the program, this summer was about building deeper connections.  Our 21 ACE Ambassadors (ACE alumni leaders) played a pivotal role in preparing this year’s ACE Team attending pre-departure info sessions and sharing their learned wisdom and experience. Returning to the same program sites this year, ACE teams were able to build on the relationships and work of our first years’ participants.  Back on campus, our ACE returnees are tackling their #ACEaction steps – ways they want to connect their experience back to their Duke and Stanford communities. Thank you for being part of the journey this summer!
-Emily Durham, ACE Program Director
ACE 2017 By the Numbers
  • Teams: 10 Duke Teams (M-Fencing, Football, W-Lacrosse, Rowing, M&W-Swim & Dive, W-Tennis, W-Track & Field, Wrestling) & 15 Stanford Teams (M-Basketball, Beach Volleyball, M&W-Fencing, Field Hockey, W-Gymnastics, W-Lacrosse, W-Lt. Wt. Rowing, W-Sailing, W-Soccer, Softball, W-Squash, W-Swim & Dive, W-Track & Field, & W-Water Polo)
  • Class Years: 33% rising sophomores, 53% rising juniors, 12% rising seniors, 2% seniors returning for at least 1 quarter/semester after their ACE experience
  • Majors: 47% Social Sciences, 18% Natural Sciences, 18% Engineering, 5% Humanities, 12% Undecided
  • Service Hours: Over 4,000 hours across 4 international communities
  • Jars of Peanut Butter Consumed: Too many to count!
ACE 2017 Blog
From dancing in a rainstorm in Vietnam to speaking with social change leaders in South Africa, our student-athletes had a lot to share about their three-week immersive service experiences abroad. Learn what impacted them the most by reading their reflections in the ACE 2017 Blog.
ACE 2017 In the Media
"Service Break"
The NCAA Championship Magazine recently featured ACE in its summer edition, applauding the program for being ahead of the curve in offering collaborative, immersive service experiences for student-athletes.
Read more.
Watch: A Look Inside ACE 2017
Transformation, Perspective, Service, Teamwork: these values are part of what makes the ACE experience unique for student-athletes. Take a look at some of their biggest takeaways in this collaborative short film with student interviews, shot by a local videographer in South Africa. 
ACE 2017 Student Videos
Two student-athletes shared videos they created to showcase some of their most memorable moments and valuable lessons from ACE 2017. 
Follow Along with ACE 2018
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