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The ACE Program is entering its sixth year in 2021 and this summer, ACE in Place will feature four virtual international service programs.

This summer’s programs are a culmination of the efforts of the ACE staff, ACE Ambassador Alumni, and community partners working together over the past year to design meaningful virtual service experiences. Building off the success of ACE in Place 2020 and virtual prototype programs that were tested in the fall, ACE is excited to bring Duke and Stanford student-athletes the opportunity to participate in a full-fledged virtual international experience where they will work on collaborative service projects, form relationships across the Duke and Stanford athletic community and connect with community partners around the world.

For the summer of 2021, 30 student-athletes (22 Duke, 8 Stanford) have been accepted to participate in virtual service programs that will support community-based organizations located in South Africa, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam. In addition to their service projects, student-athletes will engage in reflection with program staff based in-country, participate in immersive virtual cultural enrichment activities, and learn more about the history and issues facing the communities in which they are supporting.

Since 2016, nearly 200 Duke and Stanford student-athletes have participated in an ACE summer service experience. To date, 22 Duke and 29 Stanford varsity teams have had ACE participants who have contributed over 13,800 service hours. The 30 student-athletes below will continue to build on this legacy of service.

These 30 athletes come from 13 different varsity sports,  with the largest number of athletes coming from Duke Women’s Swim and Dive, Duke Women’s Soccer, and Duke Women’s Track and Field.

For the full line-up, see the athletes split into their respective ACE in Place Sessions below (each name is linked to that athlete’s ACE profile). For more information regarding these ACE in Place participants and the full story, read Duke or Stanford‘s official press release.


Vietnam Session I

Anthony Hinton (’23) – Football – Duke

Kayle Park (’23) – Women’s Swimming & Diving – Duke

Elizabeth Reneau (’22) – Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Track and Field – Duke

Naima Turbes (’23) – Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Track & Field – Duke

Chris Theodore (’22) – Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Track & Field – Duke

Sydney Simmons (’22) – Women’s Soccer – Duke

Keeley Akagi (’23) – Field Hockey – Stanford

Sydney Steele (’23) – Softball – Stanford

Addie Stonecipher (’23) – Women’s Gymnastics – Stanford


Vietnam Session II

Margaryta Bilokin (’22) – Women’s Tennis – Duke

Kees Heetderks (’23) – Men’s Soccer – Duke

Sarah Snyder (’23) – Women’s Swimming & Diving – Duke

Stephanie Zempolich (’23) – Women’s Lacrosse – Duke

Laurel Foster (’22) – Sailing – Stanford

Tatum Boyd (’23) – Softball – Stanford


South Africa

Devin Connell (’22) – Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Track & Field – Duke

Deja Davis (’22) – Softball – Duke

Carly King (’23) – Women’s Track & Field – Duke

Natalie Maurer (’23) – Women’s Soccer – Duke

Zach Wassmer (’24) – Men’s Swimming & Diving – Duke

Suhas Chundi (’24) – Wrestling – Stanford

Faith Zhefuss (’24) – Lightweight Rowing – Stanford



Theo Burba (’23) – Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Track & Field – Duke

Paige Knudsen (’24) – Rowing – Duke

Catherine Purnell (’24) – Women’s Swimming & Diving – Duke

Olivia Tighe (’23) – Women’s Swimming & Diving – Duke

Sydney Yap (’24) – Volleyball – Duke



Finn Hossfeld (’23) – Men’s Fencing – Duke

Emma Shuppert (’23) – Women’s Swimming & Diving – Duke

Alana Vawter (’23) – Softball – Stanford