May 24, 2017Pitt Student-Athletes Set to Participate in Coach for College Program
PITTSBURGH - Three University of Pittsburgh student-athletes are set to travel abroad to participate in the Coach for College program, including junior men's soccer player Craig Bair, sophomore cross-country runner Sarah Frick and junior softball player Olivia Gray.
Coach for College is service-learning program that brings together U.S. student-athletes and Vietnamese university students to teach academics, sports, and life skills at summer camps to disadvantaged children in rural Vietnam. The program provides sports infrastructure to youth who attend middle schools in rural parts of developing countries, and helps them develop excitement for and proficiency in science, leadership, language, and life skills using sports as a means to applied learning.
Bair, Frick and Gray will spend three weeks in the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam with other student-athletes from across the country including schools such as Harvard, Princeton, North Carolina, Northwestern, Syracuse and Ohio State.
Frick, an intended rehabilitation science major, and Bair, who is working towards a dual major in industrial engineering and economics begin their adventures May 24. While in the Mekong Delta, Bair will teach physics, while Frick will teach biology to rising sixth and seventh graders. Both will also spend time coaching different sports including soccer.
"I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to represent the University of Pittsburgh and the men's soccer program with Coach for College," said Bair. "From the experience, I hope to enhance my leadership skills in a way that will translate to our success on the field as well as my future after college. I am really looking forward to teaching the kids soccer while also having the opportunity to teach in the classroom as well."
Gray, a rehabilitation science major who leaves the United States for Vietnam July 12, will coach baseball and teach mathematics to students in grades 6-9.
"I can't thank the University of Pittsburgh enough for giving me the opportunity to represent the school through this program," said Gray. "I'm hoping to have just as much of an impact on those kids as they will have on me."
As mentors in the program, the three Pitt representatives will not only educate their students academically and athletically, but will also teach life lessons that are associated with collegiate athletics such as teamwork, accountability, sportsmanship, commitment, integrity and respect.
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