Student-athletes engage in SAAC experiences

Durham – Duke student-athletes had the opportunity to engage in a range of experiences with SAAC and other groups on campus throughout the summer.

Black Student-Athlete Summit
Duke was represented by two student-athletes, deven carter (football) and Eddie Ovokoniran (volleyball), at the Black Student-Athlete Summit in Houston, Texas. The summit, hosted by Rice University, brought together hundreds of black student-athletes and athletic administrators to engage in workshops, speeches and networking that support their experiences. The summit also provided tools for professional staff to take initiatives on their campuses to help black student-athletes flourish, and to position them as prepared and competitive candidates in the global workforce beyond graduation. can get help. Alexis Joseph (women’s lacrosse), Elijah wrote (soccer), alasia campbell (track field), Dorian Aunty (football) and Malik Bowen-Sims (football) also participated in the summit.

“The Black Student Athlete Summit was an incredible and unforgettable experience,” said Carter. “I was surrounded by athletes who look like me from all over the country, and we were able to connect and learn from business professionals who looked like us. It was an experience of a lifetime, and I will never forget it!”



zero summit
duke’s emily cole (track field), Sophie Jones (women’s football) and Gavin Spurrier (Football) Attended the NIL Summit in Atlanta. Created by student-athletes, for student-athletes, the NIL Summit is a comprehensive multi-day professional development experience and an opportunity for the most important stakeholders of college sport to share cutting edge ideas, discover new interests, and maximize NIL. There is a gathering place to find out the way. Opportunities to build your brand and make your voice heard.

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“I will always be grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural NIL summit,” Cole said. “The relationships I have built with fellow athletes and brands over the course of two days have already served me very well and I know it will prove invaluable for the rest of my career. I am up for the Hustle Award It was a huge honor to be nominated and to speak on the Invesco QQQ Financial Literacy Panel. I forged a lifelong friendship and learned what an incredible opportunity to have with name image and likeness if we are willing to do the work ourselves as athletes – and a work together.”

ACC SAC | personal meetings

deven carter (football) and Piper Hampsch (field hockey) represented Duke at the ACC SAAC in-person meeting in Charlotte. In addition to the meetings, Duke participants attended a “Dinner of Influence,” which invited ACC alumni-athletes working and living in Charlotte to interact with current ACC athletes. Former Duke student-athlete Amber Henson (Women’s Basketball) and Caroline [Helwig] dudley (field hockey) attended the dinner and led the tour to Accenture where Dudley is managing director.



ACC Unity Trip
duke’s Jaylen Coleman (football) and Gracie Johnson (volleyball), with Michael Howard (Managing Director/Entertainment Facilities) joined a group of ACC representatives on a trip to Selma and Montgomery, Ala., for a transformative and educational experience on social justice.


The conference announced that a total of 48 student-athletes and administrators from all 15 league institutions participated in the experience, which took place from July 15–17, and included an immersive visit to one of the centers of the Civil Rights Movement. The group participated in a variety of activities highlighted by a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the Bloody Sunday attack of 1965.


Organized in collaboration with the Big Ten and Pac-12, this initiative is part of ACC’s commitment to supporting student-athletes through meaningful educational opportunities, including in the area of ​​social justice. The tour is part of the league’s social-justice platform, ACC Unite.

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“It was so unique to be able to talk to athletes outside of a competitive environment,” Coleman said. “It’s great to see so many athletes who cared about this. I thought everyone was respectful and understood the seriousness of the meaning of the trip. I think we’ve all been able to take something that we do back to university.” And so can our teams.”

Athletes Unite Conference
duke’s Brandon Hershaw (football) and Paige Knudsen (rowing) Attended the Athletes Unite Conference in Atlanta. A Convention for Athletes – Emphasis is placed on mental health while providing athletes an experience to create business and career opportunities through sport, entrepreneurship and technology.

“The Athletes Unite conference gave me the opportunity to meet many young professionals who have competed in college sports at an elite level,” Harsh said. “Talking to them about how they were able to translate their experiences into the workplace and create opportunities for themselves was eye-opening, and it got me excited about my future.”



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