Four Virginia Tech soccer players are currently in Vietnam as participating members of “Coach for College,” a global initiative to promote higher education through sports.
Ashley Owens, Robin Chidester and Ashley Seldon from the women’s team, as well as Taylor Walsh from the men’s team, arrived in Vietnam in mid-May and will be there throughout the month of June teaching the value of sports to secondary school children.
Be sure to follow their blog at http://www.hokiesports.com/vietnam/, which will be updated periodically during their trip.
“Coach for College” seeks to capitalize on the popularity of sports to reintegrate into universities two groups currently on the margins: disadvantaged youth in rural parts of developing countries who have difficulties accessing higher education, and student-athletes at American universities whose year-round commitment to sports prohibits them from having the same civic engagement opportunities as other college students. In particular, “Coach for College” provides a forum for American college student-athletes, as those who received access to higher education through sports, to in turn use sports to help provide youth in countries abroad with access to higher education.
More information on the program is available here.
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