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Courtesy: Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program
2019 ACE Class Checks in From South Africa
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/28/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – Throughout the summer, student-athletes participating in The Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program are sharing reflections from their experiences abroad. This week, Duke and Stanford ACE participants check in from South Africa.  


Learning Through Language
By Jameson Kavel (Duke Softball) and Michaela Gordan (Stanford Women’s Tennis) - #ACEinSouthAfrica

We were fortunate enough to receive a lesson in Xhosa during our first week from one of our community partners named Tsoarlo and had fun trying to pronounce the new words and phrases we learned. He emphasized how everyone in the community greets each other in passing and taught us how to carry on a conversation in Xhosa. Though we didn’t quite master the clicks, we were excited to go back to the township and talk to the kids using the new phrases we had learned. More

Enriching Experiences
By Sarah Nelson (Duke Volleyball) and Hannah Howell (Stanford Softball) - #ACEinSouthAfrica

Every day the streets of the township are full of community members completing chores, playing with one another, and socializing. The kids we work with are not only loving but also display a strong sense of individual spirit and independence. They leave the house for the whole day and usually do not come home until dinner or bedtime. These kids get to be creative kids. More

A Day in the Life in ACE in South Africa
By Jazz Moreno (Duke Softball) and Caitlin Keefe (Stanford Women’s Volleyball) - #ACEinSouthAfrica

One of our team mottos on this trip is, “Disconnect to connect.” We put our phones away and spend quality time together sharing stories and playing endless card games. More

Meet the ACE in South Africa 2019 Team
By Sunny Villapando (Stanford Beach Volleyball), Mike Ungvarsky (Duke Cross Country and Track & Field) and Blake Wilson (Stanford Men’s Gymnastics)

The 2019 summer theme is “hands,” and we’re going “#HandsIn! to show the way that hands connect us through teamwork and sports. Check out how this ACE team is “#HandsIn” this summer on their experience! Meet the members of the ACE in South Africa 2019 team here.



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