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KSU athletes hold soccer camp in Ecuador
KSU athletes hold soccer camp in Ecuador

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Six athletes and one coach from Kennesaw State University's women's soccer team are making plans to travel to Ecuador to conduct a soccer camp for 150 children.

The invitation to begin the camp was an outgrowth of KSU's Student Teaching International Study Abroad program held in conjunction with Colegio Menor and Universidad de San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador.

"This soccer camp is an excellent example of Kennesaw State's international outreach and engagement," said KSU president Daniel S. Papp. "Our international programs are central to KSU's academic mission, and we encourage our students to take part and get involved in these exciting projects."

This will be the first time any KSU student-athletes have ventured outside of the country to conduct a summer camp. However, for the past several years, KSU has offered teacher preparation candidates the opportunity to gain valuable field teaching experience at Colegio Menor, an English-speaking K-12 international school.

Athletes in the soccer camp will be bilingual Colegio Menor students who range in age from seven to 17.

"We have several education majors making the trip and two fluent in Spanish, so we're going to be able to handle whatever comes our way," said Rob King, KSU assistant athletic director and head coach of women's soccer. "This is a wonderful opportunity for all concerned and appears to fit well with Kennesaw State's mission of global outreach and service to the community."

In addition to King, six women's soccer team members will make the trip in late June:

* Caroline Austin, Peachtree City
2011 graduate, education major
Plays defense

* Sofia Blanco, Roswell
Junior, biology major
Plays midfield

* Savannah Duet, Marietta
Senior, communication major
Plays forward

* Lexi Hastings, Ontario, Canada
Junior, early childhood education major
Plays defense

* Kristin Marietta, Douglasville
Senior, early childhood education major
Plays forward

* Katie Schwartz, Fayetteville
Senior, biology major
Plays forward

Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito is located in the valley of Cumbaya, about 15 minutes from the city of Quito. Eighty percent of its 1,300 students are Ecuadorian, with the remainder coming from the United States and other countries.