Boston College Student-Athletes Travel to Vietnam to Teach and Inspire Middle School Children

Four Boston ColleBC students and vietnamese studentsge student-athletes recently traveled to Vietnam to teach middle school students and inspire them to strive for higher education under the aegis of the Coach for College program.

The trip marked the first time BC student-athletes have participated in Coach for College, a program in which American college student-athletes travel to rural communities in developing countries to support students in grades 6-9 and motivate them to pursue higher education.

BC participants were: 2011 graduate Marlotte van den Bergh and sophomore Hannah Mulvey, representing the field hockey team; senior Kyle McCartan of the golf team, and senior Emily Charnowski of the rowing team. They volunteered at two rural camp sites in Vietnam’s Hau Giang Province, more than four hours south of Ho Chi Minh City. At each site, the BC volunteers joined other Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes to conduct a three-week camp for about 100 8th or 9th graders, with students from Can Tho University serving as translators. In all, Coach for College held four consecutive three-week camps, involving 64 student-athletes from America and some 900 middle school students from Vietnam.