DURHAM, N.C. – Duke rising redshirt junior Lyneé Belton is set to travel to China July 15-August 5 as part of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program. The program provides one-time funding for student-athletes to engage in a three-week international service project.
Belton recently sat down with women’s tennis rising senior Rebecca Smaller, who was a member of the inaugural ACE Program to detail the upcoming trip. Belton will join fellow Blue Devils Abby Artmann (rowing), Brandon Leynaud (wrestling), Kaitlyn McCarthy (women’s tennis) and Max St. George (swimming & diving), as well as five student-athletes from Stanford. The group is scheduled to promote youth development through sports and work to foster a greater commitment to environmental protection among ethnic minority youth.
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.