ACE participants start preparing for their experience from the moment they receive notification of their acceptance. Through virtual program-specific meetings and online modules, and on-campus training sessions with ACE participants at each campus, ACE student-athletes build their skills and broaden their perspectives during preparation. Throughout the pre-departure process, participants receive weekly “Staying on pACE” emails reminding them of what they need to do to prepare. ACE Ambassadors (ACE alumni leaders) play a pivotal role in preparing ACE participants as well. As much as possible, the ACE staff take student-athletes’ practice times and competition schedules when planning required spring pre-departure meetings.