Next May, Earlham student-athletes competing in men’s basketball and women’s volleyball will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, as part of effort to make sure all students benefit from EPIC. The program offers student-athletes an opportunity for high-impact experiential learning, international travel, service and athletic competition. The program provides a new option to student-athletes who are interested in off-campus study, in addition the numerous offerings the College already offers to all students.
“When I found out we were going to a different country to play volleyball, I was so excited,” says Sydney Ameluxen ’20, a History major from Wichita Falls, Texas. “When I found out we were going to South Africa my excitement grew. South Africa has so much history, a wide range and mix of cultures, and so much to do.
“I am most excited for getting the opportunity to play volleyball against people of a totally different country and culture, and having the ability to bond, make connections, and make friends through the sport of volleyball,” she says.
"This program is a great way for all of Earlham's student-athletes to expand their horizons and experience what the world has to offer," adds Tommy Sanborn '20, a Global Management major from Crown Point, Indiana. "Being a student-athlete at Earlham is an amazing experience. I feel supported by everyone, from the students, to the faculty to our alumni. EPIC gives me something that not a lot of other places can offer."
Different men’s and women’s teams will be invited to participate in similar experiences in May 2020 and 2021.