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JMU VB’s Stewart Spends Winter Break In Belize

Feb 3, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

James Madison junior Martha Stewart, who recently turned out a solid season for the Dukes — playing in 91 sets while named to the All-CAA Academic Team — decided to spend her winter break a little differently than most student-athletes after finishing a vigorous season.

Stewart traveled to Belize over the break as part of JMU’s pre-professional program (International Service Learning) to donate her time and knowledge to the locals. The psychology major and pre-med student worked with doctors and other volunteers to meet with patients, interact and discuss medical procedures of the culture and even helped hold free clinics as well. Stewart also had the chance to experience the area by visiting ancient ruins and enrolling in local dnace classes.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that we really made a difference,” Stewart told “I’m so fortunate to have had the opportunity to not only learn more about medicine, but also to experience the culture and, more importantly, to meet so many amazing people whose lives we impact in a positive way.”

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