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 21 Princeton student-athletes over the first 4 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.
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 2017 can be found here. Be sure to check out our photo gallery of the summer 2016 student-athletes participants, or the below PVC News for an in-depth look at the program and past Princeton participants.
“Coach for College was one of those experiences that reinforced why Princeton was a great choice for me. The program takes the time to recognize the value of student-athletes and provided us an opportunity to make an impact and experience away from our team” states Danielle Allen ’16, a summer 2015 participant.
The PVC will sponsor up to (7) student-athletes to take advantage of this programming during the summer of 2017 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 2017 camp dates are noted below:
- May 24th – June 19th
- June 21st – July 17th
- July 19th – August 14th
“There were several moments, specifically those when our entire student-athlete group was together with our students, outside of the classroom being completely spontaneous, where I thought, ‘I think this is the happiest I’ve ever been.'” (-Danielle Allen ’16)