DURHAM, N.C. – Duke women's lacrosse sophomore Chloë Lewis will travel to South Africa July 1-22 as part of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program, which provides one-time funding for student-athletes to engage in a three-week international service project.
Lewis recently sat down with fellow teammate and sophomore Michelle Staggers who was a member of the inaugural ACE India Program to detail the upcoming trip. Lewis will join fellow Blue Devils Mickayla Hinkle (swimming & diving), Araad Sarrami (wrestling), Christine Streisel (track & field) and Sean Tate (swimming & diving), as well as five student-athletes from Stanford. While in South Africa, the group will assist with basic healthcare initiatives, activity-based education and teaching, light construction and youth sports programs.
In February 2014, Duke's Board of Trustees, chaired by Duke alumnus David Rubenstein, traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., and met with officials from Stanford to determine opportunities for collaboration between the two institutions. The challenging schedules of student-athletes, which make participating in off-campus activities such as study abroad programs difficult, was identified as an issue the two universities could work together on in order to develop a solution, leading to the genesis of ACE. The ACE program was officially announced in Spring 2015.
For additional information on each of the 40 student-athletes participating in the ACE Program, visit www.ace.duke.edu.