Other exciting news folks.
I have been offered and have accepted a role with Coach for College this summer in rural Vietnam! Coach for College is “a service learning program that brings together US student-athletes and Vietnamese university students to teach academics, sport, and life skills at summer camp in rural Vietnam.” Designed for NCAA Division student athletes, the program is structured in such a way that it allows us to intensively explore a study abroad experience and service/volunteer work. On average, NCAA D1 student athletes fall far below the average for the number of students traveling abroad for a semester or year, and below the average in number of hours contributed to service. Sport has kept us so busy that the hours in our weeks and the weeks in our years keep us all wrapped up. Coach for College brings all the positive benefits of both, in a three-week summer program overseas.
Through sport, we will be able to teach life lessons and the value of higher education to Vietnamese youth, in an area where 80% of the population are farmers. The goal is to inspire these kids to pursue secondary and university level education, and increase international understanding. By using sport examples in the classrooms and participating in various sport activities through the camp, we will be able to enhance and further their education in English, math, health, and various sciences using real world situations to help explain the theories.
I could not be more excited for the summer. It hasn’t even sunk in yet, the though of flying half way across the world to work with kids in sport? Is this real life? This could be life changing. For more information on Coach for College (including videos, evidence of the organization making a difference, information sheets, background information, and more) visit http://www.coachforcollege.org