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Rubenstein-Bing ACE Program Enters Eighth Year

Rubenstein-Bing ACE Program Enters Eighth Year

DURHAM – 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 Duke and Stanford 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 Duke and Stanford 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 Duke and Stanford’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.


Nineteen Duke and 21 Stanford student-athletes have been selected for the ACE Summer 2023 programs. They will work on collaborative service projects, form relationships across the Duke and Stanford athletic community, and connect with community partners around the world. The Costa Rica program is a new addition this year where student-athletes will engage in conservation work in the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge and work on conservation-focused projects with local community members. In Vietnam, student-athletes will partner with Vietnamese college students to teach academics and sports to youth living in rural Vietnam. In South Africa, student-athletes will engage in community and youth development work, including running afterschool sports workshops for local youth and maintaining facilities for youth education such as libraries and gardens in partnership with local organizations based in Cape Town. The ACE program will maintain one virtual program for summer 2023, ACE in Place Thailand, providing student-athletes with a more flexible option to participate in ACE. They will support Shark Guardian, a UK-based organization…

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