DURHAM, N.C. – Athletic administration officials from Duke University and Stanford University announced on Monday a joint civic engagement initiative for student-athletes from both institutions. The project, set to begin in the summer of 2015, is being made possible through the vision and generosity of David Rubenstein and Peter and Helen Bing.
The foundation of the venture includes student-athletes from both Duke and Stanford working together in under-resourced communities in the United States and abroad. Through immersive three week summer service assignments, the student-athletes will have opportunities otherwise not afforded them during the school year due to academic and athletic responsibilities.
“Stanford is thrilled to partner with Duke in this unique educational opportunity,” said Bernard Muir, the Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford. “The lessons learned through this program will enable our student-athletes to form a heightened level of social awareness while making positive contributions in their pursuit of lifelong productivity.”
The program will be housed at the DukeEngage office on the Duke campus.
“We are very excited to be starting this program which will allow student-athletes to bring their unique skills to the communities we work with and to learn deeply from those communities,” said Eric Mlyn, Peter Lange Executive Director of DukeEngage and Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement at Duke.
A committee comprised of athletic administrators, coaches and civic engagement staff from both universities will manage the selection process, with the goal of 40 student-athletes – 20 from each institution –participating each summer.
“To be sure, this is both an extraordinary civic and educational experience for student-athletes,” said Kevin White, Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Duke could not be more excited to collaborate with Stanford, in this regard, as we endeavor to create meaningful life changing experiences for our respective student-athletes,”
A Baltimore native, 1970 graduate of Duke and the current chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, Rubenstein is co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager. He is also an active civic leader and serves on numerous boards, including those of the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Rubenstein and his wife, Alice Rogoff Rubenstein, have three children.
Peter Bing, ’55, has a long record of service to Stanford, including more than 30 years as a university trustee. He and his wife, Helen, are also among the university’s most loyal and generous supporters.