Join us in Athens from June 21 to July 1, 2020!
Athens, with its tall buildings and contemporary shops, is the first European city when approached from the Middle East. When approached from the west, from elsewhere in Europe, what strikes the visitor is the influence of the East—in the food, music, and clamorous street life. It would be misleading to say that Athens is a mixture of East and West. Instead Athens is simply Greek and more particularly, Athenian. Nevertheless, visitors flock from the East and West to see the breathtaking view of the Acropolis, an ancient citadel located on a rocky cutout above the city containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance. The most famous building being the Parthenon.
Athens is one of the most entertaining areas of Europe. Greeks in general love to relax and enjoy life. A conversation with friends over a game of backgammon and a cup of Cappuccino or Frappe coffee is a familiar site in Athens. During the day, cafes are packed with young people.
With its long tradition in sports and sporting events, Athens serves as home to the most important clubs in Greek sport and houses a large number of sports facilities. The city has also been host to sports events of international importance.
Athens has hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice, in 1896 and 2004. The 2004 Summer Olympics required the development of the Athens Olympic Stadium, which has since gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world, and one of its most interesting modern monuments. The biggest stadium in the country, it hosted two finals of the UEFA Champions League, in 1994 and 2007. Athens' other major stadium, located in the Piraeus area, is the Karaiskakis Stadium - a sports and entertainment complex and host of the 1971 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final.
Athens is home to three European multi-sport clubs: Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens. In football, Olympiacos have dominated the domestic competitions, Panathinaikos made it to the 1971 European Cup Final, while AEK Athens is the other member of the big three. These clubs also have basketball teams; Panathinaikos and Olympiacos are among the top powers in European basketball, having won the Euroleague six times and three respectively, whilst AEK Athens was the first Greek team to win a European trophy in any team sport.
INTERNATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
OCEANMAN OITYLO BAY
Oceanman is an event like nothing you've experienced before. Held in more than 35 different countries spanning all seven continents, Oceanman is the only international open-water swimming competition for elite and amateur swimmers. The events attract nearly 1,000 swimmers and are comprised of multiple styles of races spanning different lengths. Oceanman Oitylo Bay, set in the picturesque bay of Oitylo in the heart of Mani, will include the 10KM Oceanman race (individual), 3 x 500M Oceanteam race (relay), 500M Oceankids race, 2KM Sprint and 5KM Half. Wetsuits are not allowed in the race, however the ocean temperature is predicted at a warm 22 °C (72 °F) for the event. While the races are very competitive, the Oceanman atmosphere is always festive and showcases a display of great comradeship.
HOME TO OLYMPIAKOS FC
With a history spanning three centuries, the Georgios Karaiskakis football stadium in Neon Faliron is a modern structure, serving the needs of the Greek National Team and home to Olympiakos Football Club. With a capacity of 32,115, it is the largest football-only stadium and the second largest football stadium overall in Greece.
The stadium was completely rebuilt by the Olympiakos football club in 2004 for the Athens Olympic Games. Karaiskakis Stadium is classified as a 4-star football stadium by the UEFA organization, allowing it to host the UEFA Europa League Final if chosen. It hosts 40 VIP lounges and suites, that can hold up to 474 persons, a press conference hall, that can hold up to 130 seats, 200 seats for press and media coverage, an entire shopping mall, with restaurants, cafés, retail and clothing stores and a gym.
The stadium also hosts Olympiacos Museum, dedicated not only to the history of the football club, but to the history of all the departments of the multiple European title-winning multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP. There are 10 automated ticket selling machines around the stadium enabling reservations through the internet or by phone. There is no extra charge for the parking area, which takes up to 1,000 cars. Due to its design, the stadium's tribunes have the ability to empty within 7 minutes. The stadium also has restaurants and stores opened during concerts and games and sometimes open with the daily general timetable of most Greek stores and shops.
HOME TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Olympia is a small town in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held. The ancient Olympic Games were originally a festival, or celebration of and for Zeus and later evolved into events such as a footrace, a javelin contest, and wrestling matches.
In today’s age, several months before the Olympic Games, the Olympic flame is lit at Olympia. This ceremony starts the Olympic torch relay, which formally ends with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The flame then continues to burn in the cauldron for the duration of the Games, until it is extinguished during the Olympic closing ceremony. It was first performed at the 1936 Berlin Games, and has taken place prior to every Games since.
The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The archaeological site held over 70 significant buildings, and ruins of many of these survive, although the main Temple of Zeus survives only as stones on the ground. The site is a major tourist attraction, and has two museums, one devoted to the ancient and modern games.
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ATHENS PROGRAM VIDEO (2019):
ATHENS 2020 Trip Information:
This program is as a sport business school, international travel experience, and global work opportunity with networking, all rolled into one. Think of it as an investment in your future career and life. Space is limited. Apply early to secure your spot.
All lodging accommodations
Private coach bus services to and from airport
Breakfast every morning. Lunches will be provided during our four event work days. Opening session dinner and one other group dinner included.
One full-day tour of top Athens attractions with a certified tour guide on private coach bus
Sport-related tours & activities
Placement on the staff of the Oceanman Oitylo Bay
Round-trip private bus shuttle to and from Oceanman site for all working days
Career building workshop sessions with industry professionals
Team building activities with 20 other participants, creating lifelong friends and sport business allies
Personal travel insurance policy
Tip for tour guides/bus drivers
Complete day-by-day itinerary is shared once accepted into the program
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Flight costs - Flight costs will be quoted separately or can be booked on your own
You must connect with our flight out of JFK Airport in New York City
Any meals not listed above
Extra activities during your own leisure time
Through our worldwide partners we are able to provide this incredible experience at a great cost. Contact us to learn more information.
SAMPLE PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
A deposit of $500 is needed to reserve your spot once you are accepted into the program
A payment plan will be set up for the remainder of the cost
For more information on the application process visit our application page
The cost associated with the International Sport Business Program can be funded in numerous ways. Read our fundraising page for additional information.