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ACE Summer Experience – Stanford University Athletics

ACE Summer Experience - Stanford University Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – The Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program (ACE) is set to offer its immersive summer service experiences for the eighth consecutive year in 2023.

This summer marks the return of ACE’s in-person international programming after a three-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ACE program, a collaboration between Stanford and Duke Athletics, will offer international in-person programming in South Africa, Vietnam and a new location in Costa Rica for summer 2023. This summer, ACE will also continue its virtual international program option with a virtual program that focuses on community partners in Thailand.

The ACE program provides full-funding for selected Stanford and Duke student-athletes to participate in three-week, immersive summer service experiences with international community partners. The program is made possible by the generous support of David Rubenstein and Peter and Helen Bing. The ACE program reflects Stanford and Duke’s shared missions of public service and international engagement, and to date, remains the only two-university international service program designed specifically for student-athletes.

The 2023 edition will feature 21 Stanford and 19 Duke student-athletes who will work on collaborative service projects, form relationships across the Stanford and Duke athletic community and connect with community partners around the world.

2023 Stanford Participants



“Participating in the ACE program this summer is a worthwhile investment as it offers me the chance to contribute to sustainable community development efforts while gaining valuable cross-cultural communication and leadership skills. What excites me the most about my upcoming ACE experience is the opportunity to challenge myself and gain a deeper understanding of different cultures while making a positive impact on communities and bringing back these experiences and insights to Stanford, both in the classroom and in the pool.”

Ivy Davis, Artistic Swimming, ACE in Costa Rica

“To me, ACE represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse myself in something totally new, to expand my breadth of knowledge, to understand a culture different from mine and the people that embody it, to change the world for the better. My dream is to work internationally in sustainable development, so ACE will be an unforgettable three-weeks that not only give me a taste of that dream but also provide knowledge that I will…

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