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Since August 2012, NYU varsity athletes have set off through NYU global sites as ambassadors, students, and competitors during Education, Service, and Sport journeys across the world.

TeamNYUGlobal is rooted in the fundamental belief that service has universal benefit, and that acts of goodwill through sport can reach across languages and cultures.

These photos capture just how fun our last service project was in France!

Since the kids at L’ENVOL were learning about different time periods, our team dressed up like aliens and astronauts for a Big Intergalactic Meeting planned by Szofi, the camp’s awesome activity leader. Through different games and challenges led by NYU swimmers and divers, the kids at L’ENVOL earned “fuel” to help us get back home. 

Truth is, we didn’t want to leave once our “tank” was full. It was an inspiring day filled with smiles, fun, and new friends!

A million thanks to L’ENVOL for letting us help throughout the day, and to the SeriousFun Children’s Network for giving kids with serious illnesses the opportunity to put those aside and just be kids. It was an honor to partner with them on this incredible day.

Having fun with waterproof phones during swimming practice in Montreuil, just outside of Paris.

A partial group photo during our Paris city tour, just outside Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris.

A partial group photo during our Paris city tour, just outside Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris.

Best way to get to know Paris: bus tour in the afternoon followed by a river tour at night.

NYU swimmers and divers reflect on their favorite parts of our trip.

Head coach Trevor Miele gets ready for our Big Intergalactic Meeting with kids at L’ENVOL on Friday morning.

Head coach Trevor Miele gets ready for our Big Intergalactic Meeting with kids at L’ENVOL on Friday morning.

Swimmer Krista Traub making sure her alien game is spot on before we meet the kids at L’ENVOL.

Swimmer Krista Traub making sure her alien game is spot on before we meet the kids at L’ENVOL.

Check out this great overview of the important work by the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which includes L’ENVOL.

We’re so excited to be at L’ENVOL to work with great children and be part of their Big Intergalactic Meeting.

L’ENVOL — French for “take off” — has served more than 7,000 boys and girls with serious medical conditions since it was first opened in 1997. It’s part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network of camps, founded by Paul Newman!

Our final day of practice, this time in the sun drenched pools of the Ville de Montreuil, just outside of Paris.

Last night, swimmers Maia, Brenna, Linda, and Kelsie ran into American royalty Queen Latifah near the Place de la Concorde in Paris!

Last night, swimmers Maia, Brenna, Linda, and Kelsie ran into American royalty Queen Latifah near the Place de la Concorde in Paris!

Our tour of Normandy today included Omaha Beach — where thousands of American soldiers entered France to begin its liberation from Germany — plus the jaw-dropping American Cemetery and various grounds used by German troops in their efforts against the Allies.

Shout-Out from a Veteran

Back on the bus and looking forward to visiting the French coast where 70 years ago American troops coordinated the largest seaborne invasion in history on D-Day.

Back on the bus and looking forward to visiting the French coast where 70 years ago American troops coordinated the largest seaborne invasion in history on D-Day.

Caught a quick glimpse of the Arc de Triomphe as we drove down the Champs-Élysées on our way to Normandy and Omaha Beach.
Look familiar?

Caught a quick glimpse of the Arc de Triomphe as we drove down the Champs-Élysées on our way to Normandy and Omaha Beach.

Look familiar?