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Last Moments

Published by Aaron Wright, Duke Football
The months leading up to departure were packed with online modules, video chats, and plenty of advice from former participants,…
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The Simple Things

Published by Peyton St. George, Duke Softball
Wrapping up my experiences from Vietnam into one final blog post has been more difficult than I could’ve ever imagined. …
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ACE Student-Athletes with a Class of Campers

Somber Ends and New Beginnings

Published by Johnathan Schwartzman, Duke Men’s Fencing
I have never wanted to miss a flight before, until the return trip from ACE. It is hard to put…
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ACE Coaches After A Cake Fight

Windows

Published by Alan Ko, Duke Men’s Fencing
“Where are you from?” Haley and I asked this age-old question to both our 8th and 9th graders during one…
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Coaches and Kids Playing in the Rain

Competition Day

Published by Mackenzie Willborn, Duke Women’s Swimming and Diving
Returning home from Vietnam is honestly a bit daunting to think about. After seeing and feeling so many things, going…
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ACE Students-Athletes Sharing a Vietnamese Meal

Reflection

Published by Mackenzie Willborn, Duke Women’s Swimming and Diving
Towards the end of our first week teaching 8th and 9th graders in Vietnam, all 10 American coaches and our…
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ACE Student-Athletes Shooting Hoops Outside

A Gift Bigger than Words

Published by TC Christensen, Duke Women's Rowing
I love sports, which probably isn't at all surprising. I'm a college athlete and choose to spend hours of each…
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ACE participant playing games with children

Once in a Lifetime

Published by Rebecca Smaller, Duke Women's Tennis
And so there it is. The once in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Vietnam among nine other student-athletes is over. The…
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Young man helping girls properly hold a basketball

A Coach Being Coached

Published by Bronson Bruneau
When I became one of the leaders in the “Coach for College” program, I, like everyone else, expected to be…
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