“I will use American football to support health and learning at my placement,” Jacob wrote in his application. “An after-school flag football program requires little equipment while introducing a key piece of the U.S. identity. Showing football films and games will complement the physical activity. Introducing the variety of cities that host professional teams will display the variety of American society. Finally, I will play soccer as well, in order to ensure an equal exchange of culture.”
Jacob, who also received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, intends to pursue a doctorate in biomedical engineering when he returns to the U.S.