DURHAM, N.C. – Duke junior football linebacker Kevin Gehsmann is set to travel to Vietnam June 22-July 16 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.
Gehsmann recently sat down with fellow teammate and senior Bronson Bruneau who was a member of the inaugural ACE Program to detail the upcoming trip. Gehsmann will join fellow Blue Devils Alan Ko (fencing), Maddy Price (track & field), Jonathan Schwartzman (fencing) and Mackenzie Willborn (swimming & diving), as well as five student-athletes from Stanford. The group is scheduled to teach academics, sports and life skills to students at under-resourced middle schools with a focus on mentorship and promoting higher education.
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.