Welcome to the fourth and final edition of your Athens newsletter!

June 4, 2019

In this newsletter you’ll find who’s rooming together in our first hotel, learn about the date/time in Greece, get some more travel tips, and meet the rest of your team! Remember to join our WhatsApp group ASAP and refer to your third newsletter for your packing checklist!

PROGRAM CHECKLIST:

Below is a checklist to make sure you are up-to-date. Visit the Living Sport Athens Portal where all details can be found.

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Passport: A copy of the photo page is needed for our records.

Student ID: A student ID (even if it is expired) can help secure you free admission to many attractions in Athens. Be sure to upload it to your Dropbox file and bring it with you on the trip!

Medical Records/Emergency Contact Forms: Both of these forms will be kept on file as we travel in case of an emergency.

Travel Insurance: Policies were sent out via e-mail through Trawick International.

Flight Information: All flights have been received by our team.

Trip Information: The Athens itinerary, lodging details, and emergency contact information for Living Sport are on the online portal


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WHATSAPP - JOIN OUR ATHENS GROUP!

Be sure to download the WhatsApp app ASAP and join our Athens 2019 group with this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/Km6Wju9Bou6CEKxmUPWbmF This is the best and easiest way for us to communicate throughout the trip.

We are still missing FOUR people that need to log into our group. Please get this done ASAP.


FIND OUT WHO YOU’RE ROOMING WITH!

Your roommate(s) below will be rooming with you for our first hotel stay in Athens then they will change with each city move so you will get to know each other better!

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MEET THE REST OF YOUR ATHENS TEAM!

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TIM KERR

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I have always been an avid sports fan, and always want to be around sports. I enjoy planning things and working behind the scenes to make things happen.  

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

Favorite sport: baseball | Favorite teams: Mets, Isles, Saints, BSU Broncos, Vols

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

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I would like a job working with the Olympics in some type of capacity, hopefully for the LA 2028 Planning Committee.

What is your dream job? What’s your next job?

My dream job would be to be part of a group to bring the Olympics to New York City. Hopefully my next job is an internship with the Big East Conference.

What is a unique trait that you bring to our team?

I am constantly trying to explore. I cannot sit still very well and am always wanting to go out and see new things, especially in foreign places.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Getting a chance to work at the 2018 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship game!

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

I hope to gain international working experience, make connections in my field, and explore a whole new country and culture. 

Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favorite city is New York City and my favorite country is Australia.

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have?

I have been to 49 states and four countries.

What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently?

I attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am in a recreation and sport management major. I am from Baldwin, NY.


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Barbara Paraskevakos

What made you want to get into the sports industry? 

Growing up I was always playing sports. As I got older I took interest in aquatic lifesaving and developed a passion for helping others. As my lifesaving training progressed I realized how comfortable I felt combining my love for sport with my desire to help others and decided that I wanted to remain in the sports world as a healthcare provider. I just finished my last year of Kinesiology and Athletic Therapy at York University, where I was able to get even more experience as a future healthcare professional while working in sport.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favourite sports are soccer and gymnastics. Although I do not have a favourite sports team, I love watching Premier League soccer games on Sunday mornings and I follow Toronto sports teams as well.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

In the next 5 years I am hoping to have a career in professional sport in North America. I do not have a preference as to which sport I hope to work in, but the idea of being an athletic therapist for a professional sports team is my dream.

What is your dream job? What’s your next job?

My dream job is to be the head therapist for a European Premier League soccer team. However, I must start somewhere and currently have a job working with rugby and soccer clubs in the Toronto area.

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What is a unique trait that you bring to our team?

A couple unique traits I bring to the International Sport Business Program are passion and teamwork. As a student athletic therapist I have worked in a group with other students, certified professionals, athletes, and coaches in order to ensure the safety of a team. I believe my passion for sport and healthcare helps me prioritize my goals when working with a team.

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What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest sport business accomplishment was working with the National Ballet of Canada as a student athletic therapist this past year.

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

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I’m hoping this program will help me gain international sport experience as well as refine my teamworking skills.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favourite city is Ermoupolis, on a small island called Syros in Greece.

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have?

Working in sport has made me want to maintain an active lifestyle. My hobbies include recreational sports such as swimming and soccer. A hidden talent of mine is that I can play the piano and guitar. I took lessons for years as a child.

What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently?

I currently live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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Allysia Rohlehr

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

For as long as I can remember, I have always been around sports. I played soccer and tennis (and had a failed attempt at being a gymnast) when I was young, but eventually settled on basketball which I continued to play in college. Once I graduated, I worked for an advertising agency and although the job was very interesting, I did not enjoy it. I was bored and missed the sports aspect that had been such a huge part of my life growing up. I knew that the sports industry is where I needed to be, so I decided to leave my job and return to school to pursue a master’s degree in sport and recreation leadership.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport is definitely basketball, but soccer and tennis make up my top three. I actually do not have a favorite team, I just enjoy watching competitive play.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

In the next five years, I would like to be working in the marketing department of a global or national sports organization or team. I want to have a job that will allow me to combine my marketing experience with my love of sports.

What is your dream job? What’s your next job?

My dream job would be a marketing role for a sports organization that focuses on promotions and community outreach. I enjoy working with young athletes and would love to be involved in creating programs and events similar to the Jr. NBA and the NFL’s Play 60 campaign.

What is a unique trait that you bring to our team?

I think my versatility will be an asset to the team. I can easily adapt to change, which can be extremely important when running events and traveling abroad.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest sport business accomplishment so far would have to be the 5K race that I organized for the parks and recreation department that I work for as a graduate assistant. The race had the largest participant rate in the department’s history and we received positive feedback from the community.

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

Gaining international sports experience is the main thing that I hope to gain through the program. I am interested in learning more about how sporting events are run and organized internationally. I am also excited to learn more about the Greek culture and history. 

Favorite city or country you have visited?

Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. I traveled there when I was 11 and I am still amazed at how incredible the falls were!

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have?

In addition to being a graduate student, I am also a girls basketball coach at a local high school in the city where my school is located. I am the Head Junior Varsity Coach and the Assistant Varsity Coach.

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What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently?

I graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a degree in Marketing. I returned last year and will graduate with a Master’s in Sport and Recreation Leadership next May.  I reside in my hometown of Island Park, NY when I am not away at school.


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VICKI Asimakopoulos

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I’ve always been a huge sports fanatic growing up and wanted to try something different that puts me out of my comfort zone! 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport to watch is football and to play is soccer. I also love basketball. Being from Milwaukee and Greek, I love the Milwaukee Bucks because who doesn’t love Giannis?! 

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

To be determined but my passion would be a job where I could help people, or in the sports industry of course. 

What is your dream job? What’s your next job?

My dream job would definitely be owning my own business. 

What is a unique trait that you bring to our team?

The unique trait that I possess is that I am fluent in Greek! 

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What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

This program will be the first!

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

Experience and bringing me out of my comfort zone!

Favorite city or country you have visited?

Greece!!

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have?

I’m a huge foodie, love traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.

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What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently?

I attended the University of Milwaukee and my major was sociology. I currently live in Milwaukee!


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GARRON OBORN 

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

My passion for sports has always been present. I want to pursue a career in the industry because I want to be around something I love, and I love sports.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sports are basketball and baseball. My favorite teams are the Dodgers, Lakers, Packers, Golden Knights and Manchester United.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

In 5 years I’d like to have some sort of assistant role with a sports talent agency.

What is your dream job? What’s your next job?

Sports agent.

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What is a unique trait that you bring to our team?

I am a very opinionated person. I bring what is sometimes deemed as a unique perspective on things and I am not afraid to voice how I feel.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Recently I got a job with a Minor League Baseball team working in the ticket department.

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

I hope to gain valuable experience through making connections with as many people as possible as well as immersing myself in Greek culture for a week.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

Brazil!

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have?

Watching sports and taking pictures.

What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently?

I am currently a student at Central Michigan University majoring in sport management.


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CAELA FOX

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I grew up watching sports with my dad, then when I was about 12 years old, I saw a woman interviewing an athlete on the sidelines and that was it. I knew that I wanted to interview athletes and tell their stories so that little kids could get to know their favorite athletes. I also wanted to do it because it was something that I knew could be a job that I would love to do for the rest of my career. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sports are 1) baseball, 2) hockey, and 3) golf. My favorite teams are the Chicago Blackhawks and Cubs, and my two favorite golfers are Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

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What job would you like to have in 5 years?

In five years I would like to work for a team where I travel with the team and write for their website. I also would love to do in-depth profiles of athletes and teams to be able to tell their stories. So, working for the NHL, MLB or the PGA would be where I would want to be in five years. 

What is your dream job? What’s your next job?

My dream job would be the person that interviews golfers when they come off the course after their round. Or, I would really like to work for the USA Olympic Committee and get to interview and cover all qualifying events and the Olympic Games every two years. Honestly, my dream is to honor God in all that I do no matter what job I have.  

What is a unique trait that you bring to our team?

I will bring passion for not only what we are going to be doing but for the people around me. I truly care about the people I interact with. Sometimes so much so I will even sacrifice my own happiness for the happiness of everyone else around me. To go along with that I also let my passion and drive to learn new things and to grow as a person drive me to do my absolute best in every situation. 

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What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment was getting to cover the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open and getting to go the 2A High School Football State Championship to cover the game. 

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?

I hope to gain invaluable experience that will help me take that next step in my career. I also hope to have a great experience that will not only change my life but that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favorite city that I have visited is St. Andrews, Scotland. 

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have?

I was in a zombie short film when I was ten, I know Kung-Fu, and I like to dance and croquet. 

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What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently?

I went to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. I have a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism and a minor in community sports management. I currently live in Coolidge, Arizona. Coolidge is a small town between Phoenix and Tucson. 


WHAT DATE & TIME IS IT IN ATHENS?

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Greece records the date using the day-month-year format (4 June 2019 or 04/06/19). The time can either be written using the 12-hour clock (4:10 pm), or the 24-hour clock notation (16:10). In Greece, the 12-hour clock is typically use in verbal communication, but the 24-hour clock is used along with the 12-hour notation in writing.

Not sure how to convert time from 12-hour to 24-hour? There is an easy solution: Simply minus two from the hour, and then drop the first number.

For example, 18:30 (24-hour clock) = 18 - 2 = 16, drop the first number and we're left with 6. Therefore, 18:30 is 6:30pm on a 12-hour clock! It gets slightly more tricky when the 24-hour clock gets to 22:00, because 22 - 2 = 20. But now you simply replace the leading 2 with a 1. Therefore, 22:00 = 10:00pm. Telling AM vs PM is easy: if the time is greater than or equal to 12, it's PM. Less than 12, it's AM.

The difference in time between New York (EST) and Athens (EEST - Eastern European Summer Time) is 7 hours with Athens ahead of New York. When it it 9:00AM in New York, it is 4:00PM (or as we just learned 16:00) in Athens.


MORE TIPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR GREEK JOURNEY!

LEARN HOW TO SAY HELLO

It’s great to know how to greet people in their native language. Hello in Greek in the formal form is “yassas” and the informal hello is “yasou”. Farewell is “antío”.

Soak up the energy!

While Greece’s financial troubles are not completely over, the city is attracting the young and ambitious. Compared to some European capitals, rent in Athens is very cheap, and young Greeks and foreigners have flocked to the city to open cafes and restaurants, publish magazines, make art, and set up design studios.

Waiters take your order all at once

Typically in a restaurant a waiter will take your order all at once and bring you the check after. So do yourself a favor and be prepared to order everything at one time - from drinks, to desserts to entrees! And don’t worry, just because you get the check quickly doesn’t mean you’re rushed to pay it.

Tips are optional

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In Greece, and mostly anywhere else in Europe, waiters have a proper salary and tips are simply a bonus they get for good service. Therefore, you are under no obligation to pay a tip, but feel free to leave one if you want! If you enjoyed the service you received, then certainly tip accordingly.

Avoid RESTAURANT tourist traps

Avoid restaurants that have menus filled with photos of the food served, or restaurants with waiters standing outside trying to convince passersby to eat at their establishment. Instead, opt for places where you can spot locals enjoying a meal!

Beware of pickpockets

Be sure to keep an eye on your belongings if and when journeying on the metro. The same can be said when sitting on a terrace at busy cafes or squares and particularly if you have a habit of leaving your phone on the table while having coffee or lunch. Make sure it’s in your bag where you can see it, or in your front pockets!

PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER

Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen because Athens can get very hot during the day. But beware, it can also get pretty chilly at night! Best to bring clothing and other necessities to accommodate the swings in weather.  


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