The Princeton Varsity Club is once again partnering with “Coach for College” to send Princeton varsity student-athletes abroad to Vietnam as part of a three-week, sports-based immersion program. The PVC has sponsored the participation of nearly 30 Princeton student-athletes over the first 5 years of the program.
Coach for College aims to increase higher education attainment among disadvantaged Vietnamese adolescents using the excitement and life skills provided by participation in sports-related activities. The program provides American college athletes with an intensive and collaborative service experience that engenders the skills needed to exercise leadership and commitment to positive social change. The program is open to college freshmen through graduating seniors.
Each student-athlete will co-teach one sport, one academic subject and a life skills class throughout the three-week camp. They will also guide their team of children in competitions each week. Additional program information for summer 2018 can be found here. Be sure to check out our photo gallery of the summer 2017 student-athletes participants, or the below PVC News for an in-depth look at the program and past Princeton participants.
“CFC was an amazing chance to experience a new culture and form meaningful relationships with people from around the world that I otherwise would have never met. These are the kinds of things that I believe are truly enriching.” states Molly Milligan ’20, a summer 2017 participant.
The application deadline for Coach for College is Wednesday, February 7th. To apply, please fill out the online application form by CLICKING HERE.
The PVC will sponsor up to (7) student-athletes to take advantage of this programming during the summer of 2018 and will cover the majority of the cost of participation (roughly $4,180 per person, which covers airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, visa processing, health and liability insurance, uniforms and expenses related to cultural experiences). The program does require an additional fundraising component to be completed by the student-athlete (roughly $1,000). Fundraising assistance through Coach for College is available.
The Coach for College camps are hosted in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. The summer 2018 camp dates are noted below:
- May 23th – June 18th
- June 20th – July 16th
- July 18th – August 13th
“CFC helped me take a step back from my experience at Princeton and showed me how my education can be beneficial not just to myself but to communities around the globe. Our university’s motto, “Princeton in the nation’s service and the service of humanity” was truly on display as well as active for me during Coach for College.'” (-Molly Milligan ’20)