Welcome to the second edition of your Dublin newsletter!

May 24, 2019

In this newsletter you’ll find information about our host event, learn about exchanging money, meet another program mentor and new team members and get a glimpse into our lodging accommodation!

PROGRAM CHECKLIST:

Below is a checklist to make sure you are up-to-date. Be sure to visit the Living Sport Dublin Portal where all details can be found. Documents that still need to be submitted should be uploaded to your Dropbox folder that was sent to you via e-mail.

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

Participant Info/Medical Records/Emergency Contact Forms: This form is very important and will be kept on file as we travel in case of an emergency.

Newsletter Questions & Answers and Accompanying Photos: Please submit these items immediately (as they are currently past due) so we can feature you in a future issue!

Travel Insurance: Policies will be sent directly to your email. We will provide confirmation via this section in the newsletter when the policies are sent out.

Flight Information: Group flight information has been sent via e-mail. Tickets will be issued to you via e-mail three (3) weeks prior to our departure. If you have booked your own flight, please upload your travel itinerary to your Dropbox folder. Itineraries should include dates, times, and flight numbers.

Trip Information: You can find the Dublin itinerary, lodging details, and emergency contact information for Living Sport on the online portal as well. 

Social Media: Follow and like Living Sport's social media pages! We encourage you to document your trip using the hashtags #iamlivingsport and #LivingDublin2019


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ABOUT TOUGH MUDDER:

Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10–12 mile-long (16–19 km) obstacle courses that test mental as well as physical strength. The obstacles often play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The main principle of the Tough Mudder revolves around teamwork. The Tough Mudder organization values camaraderie throughout the course, designing obstacles that encourage group participation. Participants must commit to helping others complete the course, putting teammates before themselves, and overcoming fears. An average 78% of entrants successfully complete the course.

The first Tough Mudder challenge was held in the United States in 2010. To date, more than 3 million people worldwide have participated in Tough Mudder events, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing athletic activities, that draws between 10,000 and 15,000 participants per event. Tough Mudder currently employs over 150 people worldwide and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

During our work experience with Tough Mudder, our Living Sport team will see firsthand what it takes to pull off this event from the back end. Setting up the course, assisting in building the obstacles and executing event-day logistical responsibilities with 10,000 participants will all be included in our assignment. Are you TOUGH enough?!

Check out the video from Tough Mudder Ireland 2018!


MONEY EXCHANGE

The currency used in Dublin, Ireland is the Euro. The Euro comes in notes and coins. The current exchange rate as of today (5/23/19) is 1 Euro = 1.12 US Dollars. If you go to Northern Ireland, however, the currency used is the British pound sterling (£), which is made up of 100 pence (written as "p"). When traveling you have a few options on how to exchange money.

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Before the Trip:

Many banks in the United States allow customers to purchase common forms of currency, such as Euros. Be sure to ask a local teller if the bank offers this service and if there is a fee to exchange. Also ask about the exchange rate. Compare the bank exchange rate to global exchange rate charts online. The rates should be comparable. Buying currency ahead of time from a bank usually means you will have to wait a day or two, even sometimes up to a few weeks for it to arrive, so be sure to allow time. And be sure to request small bills!

During the Trip:

ATM: It is not necessary to have the local foreign currency on-hand before you travel. You will get a better exchange rate if you withdraw money from an ATM using a debit card rather than exchanging money at the airport (be sure to have a 4-digit numerical PIN). There is a vast network of ATMs in Ireland so it should be relatively easy to locate one, especially at places like transit centers, hotels, grocery stores and other bustling public locations. Foreign ATMs offer access to cash in the local currency without charging inflated conversational rates. Be sure to call your card-issuing bank before you travel to notify them you are traveling abroad. Some card issuers charge foreign fees, and some do not. Ask the bank representative about any fees that you may encounter if using the card. It is always a good idea to have some cash on you for small purchases when we are traveling.

Credit Card: Visa and MasterCard are widely used across Europe and offer fair exchange rates. Discover is generally not accepted in Ireland, and American Express is hit or miss. Some card readers will accept your card as is, but others may prompt you to enter your PIN — so it's important to know the PIN numbers for each of your credit cards. Be sure to call your credit card and inform them of your travel and ask about your card's PIN number. Some cards do charge international fees, so you should also confirm if any fees are associated. 

Currency Exchange Booths: While currency exchange booths found at airports and around town are convenient, they tend to charge high rates, sometimes up to 15%. 


MEET YOUR MENTOR:

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BEN MUELL - SPORT MARKETING CONSULTANT & LIVING SPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

BEN'S SPORT BUSINESS BIO:

Ben Muell took a life-long passion for baseball, a team player attitude, and sense of adventure to become a sport industry sales professional.

After a brief stint playing college baseball at a D3 college in Virginia, mostly spent warming up pitchers in the bullpen, Ben transferred to Salisbury University in Maryland. There he received a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business. He also wrote for the sports section of the student newspaper, held numerous leadership positions within his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and won a couple of flag football championships.

Before graduation, Ben entered the sport industry in 2008 after his mom, who probably knew best, suggestion he attend a sports job fair. There he landed a position as a grants and fundraising intern for Ripken Management and Design working with communities on potential youth sports facilities while also helping out during Aberdeen IronBirds games.

The following December at the MLB Winter Meetings he landed a summer internship with the Daytona Cubs, MiLB affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. That summer in Daytona was instrumental in teaching Ben the ropes of working in sports but most importantly the power of building his network.

After college, those Daytona connections led Ben to work for the Richmond Flying Squirrels during their inaugural 2010 season. Then, he was asked to join the Akron Aeros in Ohio. And the following year, Ben received a promotion to Triple-A baseball in Allentown, PA with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies). Across all three teams Ben showed a knack for sports sponsorships and also helped in a variety of roles ranging from box office operations to intern mentoring as well as the occasional appearance as batting practice pitcher and mascot.

A few years later, a LinkedIn connection and wanderlust led Ben west to help open up Learfield Sports' Mountain West Conference's sponsorship office in Colorado. During this time, when he wasn’t snowboarding or hiking, he was building partnership for the MWC's recently launched digital sports network and championship events, highlighted by the conference's annual basketball tournament in Las Vegas and first-ever football championship game in 2014.

Ben then had the good fortune to join Outfront Media’s sports sponsorship division and work for one of his favorite sports teams, the University of Maryland's Terrapins. Here his leadership, creativity, and business development skills were all on display as he helped build many corporate relationships for the Terps and mentored staff members.

Ben now lives in Baltimore, MD where he works as a Sport Marketing Consultant and Advisory Board Member for Living Sport.


WE ASKED BEN THE SAME QUESTIONS AS YOU!

What made you want to get into the sports industry? Sports were always an integral part of my life. From about four years old until 17 I thought I'd be a baseball player or coach. But life throws curveballs at you. After my freshman year at Virginia Wesleyan College where my only impact on the field was as the bullpen catcher warming up pitchers, I had to find a way to stick in sports.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? Baseball and volleyball. O's, Terps, Caps, Redskins, and Wiz.

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What job would you like to have in 5 years? Account Manager for a sports marketing agency or sports technology company.

What is your dream job? By day, beer company sports marketing rep. By night, closer for the Baltimore Orioles.

What is a unique trait that you bring to our London 2019 team? My sports business background is rather varied allowing me to offer bits and pieces of insight in many areas.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? Being involved in the launch of an MiLB team in Richmond, VA and then getting the sponsorships office for the Mountain West Conference up and running — as well as selling the sponsorship of "Tattoo Night" in Richmond, VA.

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? I hope to make many new connections with young sport professionals and explore all that London has to offer.

Favorite city or country you have visited? In the U.S., Puerto Rico, as well as any city with ski slopes in the Rockies. In the world, Tokyo. I felt like I was living in 2050.

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What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have? I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, and wakeboarding as well as almost every social sport offered in Baltimore.

Fun-fact: I averaged 43 yards/catch in as a wide receiver in high school... I only had one catch. Hidden talent: Origami

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What college/university did you attend? Major? Where do you reside now?

Salisbury University, Political Science B.A. I live in Baltimore, MD where I attend O’s games and pretend they are good.


LET’S GET TO KNOW THE DUBLIN 2019 TEAM!

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NICOLE TEKLITS

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I have been involved in sports ever since I was three.  I tried almost every sport as a kid and stuck with cheer.  I cheered for a total of eight years, one of those in college.  My original major was Exercise Science, but after three semesters I needed to switch from the more science background of sport, to the business side of sport.  

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sports are ice hockey and football. My favorite teams are the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Cincinnati Bengals. 

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What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would like to be either the Marketing Coordinator or Game Presentation Coordinator within the National Hockey League or the National Football League.  

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

My dream job has always been to work in the National Football League and it has somewhat come true.  I work part-time with the Philadelphia Eagles (second season now) doing event staff, special events, and as a fan ambassador during Eagles home games.  My next job (step) is to land a full-time job soon.  I am applying for some communications jobs as well as some in marketing and game presentation.  

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

Once I start a project, I am dedicated to finishing that project to the best of my abilities.  I always work hard, I’m very organized, and I like to have fun doing so. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest sport business accomplishment so far would have to be with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (professional indoor football team).  I started out with doing the on-field promotions throughout the game during the first season and by the third season I was up in the control booth.  

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

I had a class in college, Sport in the Global Marketplace and I enjoyed every second of it. I am very eager to apply what I learned in that class and gain the experience working the Tough Mudder in this International Sport Business Program. 

Favorite city or country you have visited?

San Francisco, California 

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

I love to go bass fishing! I go up to Canada for a week in June every year with my dad.  

I have a few sports goals (no pun intended): See every NHL team at least once | Visit every NHL arena  | Visit every NFL stadium 

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

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; Sports Management; Northampton, PA


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KYLIE HUCKS

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Sports have always played a major role in my life. They were the one place that I could go away from everything that was happening around me - school, work, family - and just get my mind off everything. I always felt welcome and my teammates were always like a second family to me. I want to continue being in an environment that is so inclusive and makes me feel at home.  

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport to play has always been soccer, but I really enjoy watching American football. My family’s team is the Carolina Panthers. 

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What job would you like to have in 5 years?

In five years I would love to see myself back in Dallas working for either the Rangers or the Mavericks. I just recently got into basketball when I got my current job with the Spurs, but baseball has always been a summer past-time for me and my family. 

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

My dream job would be to work in broadcasting or event management. I have applied for many internships in these departments and hope to hear back soon.  

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

I have a very outgoing personality. I love talking to people and I’ve never met a stranger. I may take a little bit to open up, but once I do I can talk to just about anyone.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest sport business accomplishment so far was landing my current job working with Spurs Sports & Entertainment at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. I love working for the Spurs. They continue to provide an environment that is inclusive and exciting. 

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

I hope to gain vital experience for my future career, as well as lifelong friends and worldwide connections. 

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Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favorite city by far has to be Chicago, Illinois. I loved it even more than NYC. It has such a old-time feel to it that made it hard to ever be in a bad mood. 

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

I really enjoy reading, mostly fictional or fantasy stories. My cat, Percy, is named after the main character in Rick Riordan’s series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I can also say my alphabet backwards, really fast.

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

I attend the University of Texas at San Antonio and I currently live in San Antonio but I will be moving back home to Dallas in August. My degree is in Communication with a minor in Business Administration. 


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CALVIN SHAW

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

My love for sports is unfathomable. Though I may not look like an athlete, I love talking sports and getting to know the business perspective of sports which is where I want to work.  

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sports that I watch for the entire season are basketball and football. My favorite NFL team is the Philadelphia Eagles and my favorite NBA team is the Miami Heat. I do not have a favorite team when watching college sports. I am a postseason watcher of the NHL and MLB. My favorite NHL team is the St. Louis Blues and my favorite MLB team is the St. Louis Cardinals. 

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

A staff accountant or financial analyst for a sporting team where I would like to spend a great amount of years working and gaining experience. 

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

My dream job is to be a sports analyst, because I love talking about sports. Having the chance to talk, write and report on sports will be a dream of mine. A dream job that ties into my degree is unquestionably becoming a financial advisor for athletes, because the salaries are increasing in many leagues but so does the frivolous spending. 

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

My determination level is very high and I can keep my composure in difficult situations. I can provide resolutions to difficulties until that problem is resolved and the team as a whole agrees with the resolution.   

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

I have not had the opportunity to work within a sport business, but being a part of this program will undoubtedly be a huge accomplishment that I will remember.

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

Experience, experience, experience. I look forward to networking and attending the workshops because I need to gain the practice of sitting in interviews with sport business professionals and work sporting events that will have a crowd of more than 100 people. 

Favorite city or country you have visited?

I enjoy visiting St. Louis, Missouri every time I take a trip down there. This will be my first experience traveling overseas. 

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

I enjoy hanging out with my family. I love writing poetry and listening to music. I was featured in three editions of Arts & Letters, which is my university’s annual publication of poetry, fiction or critical pieces. 

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

I currently attend Lincoln University (MO), where I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. I am currently enrolled in the MBA program with an emphasis in Accounting at Lincoln University (MO). I currently reside in Jefferson City, Missouri with plans of moving out of Missouri, but unsure of my next destination. 


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HANNAH BAILEY

What made you want to get into the sports industry? I have loved sports since I was a kid. I started to really get interested in sports and possibly working in sports in high school. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? My favorite sport is baseball. My favorite sports teams include my school, East Carolina, the Baltimore Orioles, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the New Orleans Saints.

What job would you like to have in 5 years? In five years I’d like to be working either for a baseball or hockey team in their community relations or public relations department.

What is your dream job? What’s your next job? My dream job is working in the communications department for the Nashville Predators. 

What is a unique trait that you bring to our team? I love writing and believe it’s my biggest strength. 

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What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? I hope to gain experience I can use in future jobs and memories that I won’t ever forget. 

Favorite city or country you have visited? My favorite city I have visited is Nashville, Tennessee.

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have? I love to write and take pictures, so I created a blog and a travel Instagram. 

What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently? I attended East Carolina University. I was a communications major with a concentration in public relations. I currently live in Raleigh, NC.

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WILSON SY

What made you want to get into the sport industry?

I knew since I was nine years old that the sport industry always made the most sense to me. My first interest in sports started as a basketball fan when I would have a notebook and write down every player’s name. I always had an easier time remembering certain stats and what happened during key moments in sports, specifically basketball. But, I always struggled memorizing school work and always had a hard time getting good grades, unless I studied for hours. I knew from then on, working in the sport industry, combined with my passion, is where I always wanted to be.    

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport is basketball. My favorite teams are the New York Yankees, New York Giants, New York Rangers, everything St. John’s athletics, and I cheer for both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets when they’re doing well. But, most importantly, I’m a huge Kobe Bryant fan and used to be a Lakers fan when he was playing. 

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would like to open up my sports entertainment company in 5 years and get people together with their passion involving sports. To create an entertainment venue, where there are many games, music, and certain food and beverages named after certain players in different sports.

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

My dream job is to open up a sports entertainment venue and to make a positive impact to society helping millions of lives. To create opportunities for many people and help them find their passion. Right now I will continue to work on my YouTube videos sharing my knowledge about NBA basketball and connect with my fans and slowly figure out my next step one day at the time. 

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

My authenticity and honesty are some of my strongest qualities. I will always keep everything real and very comfortable at expressing my opinions in a positive manner. I never get ahead of myself and will always find ways to improve in everything I do. I am always as realistic as possible with every goal I try to accomplish and also very open-minded to new ideas and try new things to get out of my comfort zone. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

I have completed seven internships in college and have different unique experiences working in multiple fields such as sport facilities, sports broadcasting, sports writing, sports information, production and many other fields within the industry. My biggest accomplishment is getting over 34,000 subscribers on my NBA YouTube channel where I share my basketball knowledge and share my passion to the world and have thousands of fans from many different countries. I will continue to aim for more subscribers. 

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

I hope to develop a strong network with different types of people who share a similar passion with me working in the sports field. To learn more about the different sports in Ireland and how the day-to-day operation works, get a stronger sense of what the sports business is like outside the U.S., and to connect with people all over the world, educate myself with new experiences and create new ideas for future opportunities. 

Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favorite city to visit is Hong Kong because I have a very close relative there and enjoy being in the fast-paced environment where I am always learning something new. The food there is also amazing and I always meet a lot of people and make friends every time I visit. 

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

I am extremely knowledgeable about NBA basketball and can name every championship of every season, every MVP and award winners, and remember random stats from random years. I strongly believe nobody my age knows more than me about NBA history.

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

I attended St. John’s University in Queens, New York and graduated in May 2016 with a major in Sport Management. I currently reside in New York City. 


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RYANE HEATER

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Playing sports since I was little really got me into the mindset of always being with a team and my love for sports, so it gave me the perfect opportunity when I was picking a major to pursue it in the sports industry. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport is hockey and my favorite sports team is the Detroit Red Wings

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would like to be in the community relations team for an NHL team. Specifically, I would love to be able to work for the Red Wings’ community relations department.

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

My dream job is to be the GM of the Red Wings, which would put me into a long list of people that also want that position. My next job I hope to have is a community relations internship with a local MiLB team.

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

I am very flexible in what I like to learn and do. For this work experience, I am able to bring a sense of being able to learn wherever I am placed into and helping people around me do the same. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

By far getting accepted into this program. I will not be graduating for another year so having this on my resume is going to be a deciding factor for a lot of internships and job offers after I graduate.

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

I hope to gain a better understanding of the field that I will be going into. I really like event planning within the sports industry so being able to help others execute their events and learn what they go through before the event will be a really good experience for me!

Favorite city or country you have visited?

I actually have two favorites (I can never decide between them). The first is Ireland. I visited for a week about two years ago and toured around the country. The second is Paris which was actually in the same trip as Ireland, but I was only there for four days. Both are absolutely beautiful places and I am so excited to go back to one of my favorite places.

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

Fun fact about me is that I played tackle football in 4th grade (there will be no picture of this as my haircut was BAD) with an all-boys team. I was the first girl to ever be on a team in that league!

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

I currently attend Grand Valley State University and I am majoring in Sport Management with a minor in General Business. I currently live in Allendale, Michigan where Grand Valley is located. 


ABOUT DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY (WHERE WE ARE STAYING!)

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Dublin City University’s Mission: "To transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement.”

Dublin City University (DCU) is a multi-campus university occupying approximately 60 hectares (.23 square miles) just north of Dublin City. DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university. DCU admitted its first students in 1980, and since then has grown in both student numbers and size and is now a multi-campus environment. September 2016 saw the completion of the process in which St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute and Church of Ireland College of Education were fully merged with DCU. Our team will be staying at the DCU Glasnevin campus (campus map below!).

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Two of the most significant changes arising from incorporation are the establishment of a new Faculty of Education that will be known as the “DCU Institute of Education”. This is the first faculty of education in an Irish university and one of the largest in Europe. The second is an enhanced Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences which has a much broader array of subjects to offer students.

As a multi-campus university with a large (and rapidly growing) community, DCU has a more visible presence in North Dublin, strengthening its position as the most significant and comprehensive provider of University education on the rapidly growing and economically important Eastern corridor.

DCU is accessible by car, train and bus - you can view the location of Dublin City University Glasnevin on Google Maps. To city center by car is about 10-15 minutes and by public transportation is around 25-35 minutes.

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Check out this video for a glimpse into the campus and the growth and development of DCU.