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“The fact that our son was still able to participate in the ACE program remotely due to the pandemic was amazing. The Zoom meetings were filled with sharing stories, exchanging and making real-time recipes, with laughter along the way. Each of them learning new cultures was such a rewarding experience. One I’m sure our son will never forget.”

Sophia Theodore, Mother of a Duke #ACEinPlace athlete (summer 2021)


“Our daughter’s experience with ACE in Vietnam expanded her perspective exponentially.  Within a few weeks, she gained a world view, made friends across multiple cultures, learned the power of observation coupled with ingenuity, and was forever enriched by her relationships with students, peers, supervisors, and more.  The fact that her time with ACE was so impactful is a testament to the power of positivity, belief in possibility, and personal investment in those around you.  She gave a lot to the program, but it has given her so much more in return.  ACE was a game-changer.”

Anne Pilson, Mother of a Stanford #ACEathlete in Vietnam (summer 2019)

ACE Supports Student-Athletes

ACE supports student-athletes by creating programs that provide students with unique opportunities to engage with communities abroad. We also want to build safe programs, so our team works closely with risk management at Duke and Stanford. Above all, we want to ensure that we have done all we can do to reduce risks.

We also partner with Duke Student Health and Vaden Health Center at Stanford as well as athletic trainers, nutrition, and sports medicine at both schools. Our goal is to provide participants with the best possible preparation and care before, during and after the program.

female student athlete giving laughing child a piggyback ride


Do you have questions about your student-athlete’s health, safety, communication and travel? Our FAQs share the steps ACE puts in place to provide your student-athlete with a safe and transformative experience. Learn more.

Hear from Families

Do you want to hear from ACE families who have had participants in past years? Learn how ACE supports student-athletes.