Kennesaw State University women’s soccer team travels to Ecuador to conduct soccer camp

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Coach Rob King and six student-athletes depart soon for Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito…

Georgia (Jun 17, 2011)Coach Rob King and six student-athletes depart soon for Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito 

KENNESAW, Ga. – (June 17, 2011) — Kennesaw State University women’s soccer coach and six KSU women’s soccer team student-athletes are making preparations to travel to Ecuador this month to conduct a soccer camp for 150 boys and girls, aged 7 to 17, at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito. 

The invitation to conduct the soccer camp was an outgrowth of KSU’s successful Student Teaching International Study Abroad program held in conjunction with Colegio Menor and Universidad de San Francisco de Quito. For the past several years, KSU has offered teacher preparation candidates the opportunity to gain valuable field teaching experience at the English speaking K-12 international school, Colegio Menor. 

“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 Athletics project represents a unique opportunity for our student-athletes to teach others, while at the same time learn more about different cultures."  

This marks the first time any KSU student-athletes have ventured outside of the country to conduct a summer camp, which will be held June 27- July 8. The KSU contingent will be assisted by camp counselors at Colegio Menor. Approximately 150 bilingual children are expected to participate. The camp in Ecuador is sandwiched between KSU’s own summer soccer camps, so there will be no disruption for boys and girls attending camps on the KSU campus during June and July. 

“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, head coach women’s soccer and assistant athletic director. “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. Plus, while we’re there we’re looking to expand our horizons with educational excursions for our student-athletes to the Galapagos Islands, an active volcano and the rainforest, which are all nearby.” 

In addition to King, the following women’s soccer team members are making the trip:

Caroline Austin of Peachtree City, Ga., defense — 2011 graduate, Bagwell College of Education
Sofia Blanco of Roswell, Ga., midfield — junior, biology major

Savannah Duet of Marietta, Ga., forward — senior, communication major

Lexi Hastings of Ontario, Canada, defense — junior, early childhood education major

Kristin Marietta of Douglasville, Ga., forward — senior, early childhood education major
Katie Schwartz of Fayetteville, Ga., defense — senior, biology major 

KSU’s Bagwell College of Education offers the Student Teaching International Study Abroad program, which allows students to gain 12 hours of course credit to prepare them to become better teachers. In addition to student teaching for this semester abroad, this program engages students in observations, interactions and analyses of critical and contemporary educational issues. 

Against this backdrop, students reflect on and interpret the meaning of education and schooling in a diverse culture and examine the moral and ethical responsibilities of teaching in a global environment. Student teachers take advantage of cultural trips in and around Ecuador, and the opportunity to perform a service project for the country. 

Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito is located in the valley of Cumbaya about 15 minutes from Quito and is a private bilingual school founded in 1995. It is affiliated with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, the top private university in Ecuador with more than 5,000 students and a research station with Boston University in the Amazon and a community college in the Galapagos.

More than 1,300 students are enrolled in Colegio Menor in the four sections of the school, early childhood, elementary, middle and high school and special classes in art, music and physical education. Eighty percent of the students are Ecuadorian, with the remainder coming from the United States and other countries.

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