Welcome to the fourth edition of your Dublin newsletter!

June 22, 2019

In this newsletter you’ll sign up to be an official Tough Mudder volunteer (required!), meet another mentor, get a packing checklist and meet more of your teammates!

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.

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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.

Travel Insurance: Your insurance policy was sent via e-mail on June 8th.

Flight Information: Group flight information has been sent via e-mail. If you have booked your own flight, please upload your travel itinerary to your Dropbox folder. Itineraries should include dates, times, and flight numbers.

WhatsApp: Be sure to download the WhatsApp app ASAP and join our group with this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/KQp6H2FDfsdJvCslsWEgdC

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

Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, July 3rd at 8PM (New York time). This is a mandatory group video session where you will login via a computer to be able to view the presentation.


REQUIRED: SIGN UP TO BE A MUDDER VOLUNTEER!

All Living Sport Dublin team members must sign up to be an official volunteer for Tough Mudder.

Deadline to register is Tuesday, July 25th, 2019

Access the sign up link here: https://mvp.rosterfy.co/register.php?b=9&_ga=2.14330032.624738164.1547720190-2132132506.1535621925

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Directions: In the “Event Application” section, select the following:

  1. Tough Mudder 2019 - IRE - Dublin Jul 20 & Jul 21” as the Event

  2. Event Weekend” as the Role Category

  3. Click on EITHER the “Course” or “Mudder Experience” Roles.

  4. Forward your registration confirmation you receive from Tough Mudder to jon@livingsport.com


MEET YOUR MENTOR:

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JON KLEINER, MARKETING & CLIENT SERVICES COORDINATOR, LIVING SPORT

JON’S SPORT BUSINESS BIO:

Jon Kleiner joined Living Sport as a member of the inaugural Barcelona 2017 team where he served as an Event Operations Assistant for the Red Hook Criterium. Following his trip, Kleiner was hired by Pocono Raceway as a Ticket Office and Fan Experience Associate, and then went on to work for the Philadelphia Eagles as their Ticket and Fan Services Intern. Inspired by the cycling event in Barcelona, Kleiner serves as Event Day Logistic Coordinator for the annual Reading Radsport Festival.

Not only has Kleiner gained a wealth of experience across the industry as a young professional, he has also been serving as a Fire Support Specialist in the Army National Guard since 2014. He brings a hard work ethic, energy, enthusiasm and drive to everything he takes on, and continuously connects himself to people and experiences that develop him both personally and professionally. He is eager to help others see the world through sport in his role at Living Sport.

Kleiner currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Leisure Sport Studies and a minor in Digital Communications & New Media.

WE ASKED JON THE SAME QUESTIONS AS YOU!

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Toward the end of high school I realized that I would be most successful and happy if I worked in a field that I love. Sports have always been a release for me and I thought “why not make it my career?”

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport is baseball. My favorite sport teams are all Philadelphia teams!

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What job would you like to have in 5 years?

As long as I am with Living Sport, that will be alright with me!

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

My dream job is to inspire as many people as possible through the common love of sport. Right now, I have the opportunity to do just that along with working for professional organizations part-time. I cannot see any better scenario for myself than this one.

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

Thanks to serving more than five years in the military, my work ethic is a characteristic of myself that I take pride in. I am always open to learning new things, and completing tasks in a timely manner is a must.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment so far would have to be securing a full-time position with Living Sport this past March. I set a goal for myself while attending school to secure a position before I graduated, and I did just that thanks to Alicia for making me a part of the team!

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

I hope to build lasting relationships with every participant that comes along on this trip with us. 

Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favorite city that I have traveled to is Barcelona, Spain. I traveled there in 2017 with the #LivingBarca2017 team!

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

A hobby of mine would be attending Phillies games with family and friends.

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

I attended Kutztown University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. I currently reside in Philadelphia, PA.


MEET MORE MEMBERS OF YOUR DUBLIN 2019 TEAM!

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Maria Couvreur

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

When I was younger I was always playing sports, and then when I stopped playing, I wanted to be able to stay within sports. I didn’t realize that I would be able to have a career within sports until recently, and once I did more research on it, I was all in. I have a passion for sports and I want to stay connected with it.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? 

My favorite sport to watch is men’s basketball, but my favorite sport to play is volleyball. My favorite sports teams are anything Purdue, New Orleans Saints, and the Detroit Pistons.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would like to have a job with an NBA team or the NCAA. 

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

My dream job would be something high up in the men’s basketball program, whether it be professional or college. My next job will hopefully be an entry level job with a basketball team.

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

A unique trait that I would bring to our team would be my experience dealing with a lot of people who are interested in sports; with my position of being president of the largest student-run organization on campus.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest sport business accomplishment so far is becoming President of the Paint Crew (the Purdue men’s basketball student section).

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

I hope to learn the different perspectives on sport management. Also, to be able to gain the sports experience I need to be able to get a job in sports in the near future.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favorite country that I have been to is Iceland. 

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

A fun fact about me is that I have been to more countries than states. I love to travel.

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

I attend Purdue University and am majoring in management. When I am not at school, I live in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, right outside of Detroit.  


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Richard Browne

What made you want to get into the sports industry? 

I've always played a lot of sports growing up as a kid and I'm interested in learning more about the business behind sports.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? 

My favorite sports are rugby, football and basketball. My favorite sports teams are the Detroit Lions and the New York Knicks. 

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What job would you like to have in 5 years? 

In 5 years I would like to be the head coach of a college football team. 

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

My dream job is to own my own NFL franchise. 

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

I am very loyal and I am always honest with my opinions. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? 

Graduating from SUNY Jefferson Community College with an Associate's degree in sport management. 

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

I want to gain experience working with sport businesses and learn how sports are different in Ireland than they are in America. 

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Favorite city or country you have visited? 

I love going to the beaches in Antigua. 

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

I like to play video games on my Xbox in my free time. I don't have any hidden talents. 

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

I graduated from SUNY Jefferson Community College in 2017 and I am currently attending the The College at Brockport. I'm a sport management major with a coaching minor and I live in Mount Vernon, New York. 

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VICTORIA THRALL

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I took a sports & entertainment course at Florida State University thinking it was going to be more focused on entertainment event marketing, something that I was really interested in at the time. However, the class was entirely about baseball. Dr. Cronin, a former baseball player at Ohio State, really sparked my interest in sports marketing and I was hooked. I took his higher-level course as well, Strategic Sports Marketing, where the entire class was dedicated to creating a mock marketing plan for a professional sports organization. It was incredibly challenging but rewarding. I owe it to Dr. Cronin for showing me how cool working in the sport industry can be. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

Football is my all-time favorite sport to watch, but in terms of going to games, it’s a toss-up between football and baseball. My favorite teams are the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. 

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would love to do event promotions and marketing in the next 5 years with a professional sports organization. 

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

I’d be lying if I said my dream job was not to be a famous, touring musician. I haven’t given up on that just yet! I don’t have a job lined up currently, but I am searching for internship opportunities across the United States!

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

I’m a biiiiig art girl. I love to create and have taught myself graphic design over the past couple years. I do mainly collage work but have created logos and event graphics for my sorority. 

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What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

I worked with FSU’s Seminole Sports Marketing group to sell raffle tickets at baseball and basketball games. I contributed to raising over $39,000 for Florida State athletic scholarships. Aside from that, I would say that the 28-page mock marketing plan I wrote for the Tampa Bay Rays is a huge accomplishment for me!

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

As an undergrad, there’s not much opportunity to learn about the sport & entertainment industry through courses at my university (besides the only two classes offered that I already took) so I’m excited to get more hands-on experience and knowledge in the sport industry. 

Favorite city or country you have visited?

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one! I studied abroad in Valencia, Spain last summer and fell in love with that city. My favorite cities that I visited while abroad were Dublin, Sorrento, Capri, Ibiza, Pamplona, and Mykonos. 

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

I mentioned earlier that I’m a big art girl, but I also love music! I have sung my entire life and dabble on guitar. 

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

Florida State University! I will be graduating this December with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Management, along with a minor in Communications! I currently reside in Tallahassee, FL.

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Kevin Patterson

What made you want to get into the sports industry? 

Sports have been a passion of mine since a very young age. Sport is the topic I know the most. I plan to become a sports journalist soon.  

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? 

College football and college basketball are my two favorite sports to watch. The Michigan Wolverines are my favorite sports team and I also support all the Detroit professional teams.

What job would you like to have in 5 years? 

I would like to have a career in which I’m passionate about and have a house and family of my own. 

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

My dream job would be working either for College GameDay (Football) with ESPN or with CBS working for the March Madness committee. My next job now will be representing Hockey Town Marketing as a sales representative. 

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

I am facilitator; I feel I can lead when a group needs a leader, or I can sit back and accept my role for the team. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment now is being able to travel to Dublin, Ireland for this International Sport Business Program. 

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

I hope to gain friendships and to network for future opportunities. I want to gain more knowledge of the sports marketing world. 

Favorite city or country you have visited?

Minneapolis, MN

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

One fun fact about me is that I have two different colored eyes. 

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

I graduated this past May from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. My degree is in professional & technical writing. I currently reside in Bay City, MI.


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EMMA MURPHY

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I have played sports my whole life and that left a big impression on me. There are so many variables in sports that you can’t account for so it means every day is different from the one before and I like the unknown factor of that. It’s a tough industry but it’s fulfilling and I believe if you work hard enough, it will repay you once you find a job that fits.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport is soccer, but I enjoy watching just about every sport, especially football. My favorite sports teams are any team from Cincinnati and the Seattle Seahawks because I grew up in Seattle.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would like to have a marketing job with a sports company where I’d be collecting data on their consumer base and finding how the company could influence a consumer’s decision to buy their product or service.

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

My dream job would have to be working with a professional sports team developing their marketing strategies to get people to come out to the games. Right now, I am in the middle of trying to find my first professional full-time job, but hoping it will be with a team that wants to teach me but also wants to hear the suggestions I have.

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

A unique trait I have is that I am conversational at American Sign Language (ASL) and got my certificate in Deaf Studies when I was at the University of Cincinnati.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest sport business accomplishment so far would probably be when I took a sports management class in college and made a presentation about UC’s Nippert Stadium and their fan interaction. The professor liked the presentation so much, I then presented it to some of the personnel in the athletic department to try and implement some of my suggestions.

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

I hope to gain more knowledge of what it’s like to work in the sports industry. I learn better by doing, so getting out of my comfort zone and working with people I’ve never met in a place I’ve never been, will help a lot. I will also be able to bring home a lot of stories that I will not only be able to tell in interviews, but also will remember my whole life.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favorite city would have to be Seattle. I grew up there and it has the best of both worlds. It is a big city but drive a couple of hours and you can be surrounded by mountains and forests with no one in sight. Seattle gives you a lot of variety to just explore.

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

A fun fact about me is that I have been skydiving and would do it again! But I don’t like rollercoasters...

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

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH majoring in marketing and minoring in business analytics. I currently live in Cincinnati, but hopefully will being moving back to Seattle soon.


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Sean Montgomery

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

The way that sports bring people together of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life is unlike anything else in the world. The way that it makes a positive impact on communities and contributes to the culture of cities is meaningful beyond the outcome of a game. The intersection of sports and business is an industry that is unique to all others and is something that I have a calling to be a part of.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

Football. My dad coaches youth football and I would consider it the most exciting and fun to watch. Diehard Bears fan for life. I root for Kentucky in college football (my dad went there). I’ve wanted to work for a professional football team for as long as I can remember.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I see myself as a sales manager in either suites or premium seating.

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

My dream job is to be president of the Chicago Bears. As for my next job, I’d like to be an account executive and then work my way up.

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

Hands down and without a doubt, the combination of my attitude and personality. I always think positively and look for the best in every situation. I love the saying “hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” A lot of times, just having a positive attitude is half the battle. People who are pessimistic tend to rub that off on others, and it only creates issues. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Being hired by the Chicago Bears, as a freshman in college, to work game days in ticket sales/services. I’m extremely proud of this because I was able to set myself apart from hundreds of applicants and then excel within that roll. 

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

An international perspective on the industry as well as advice and mentorship directly related to pursuing a career in sports business. Everything I’ve ever learned about the industry has been from an American perspective, which is great, but with the way the world is and as we see more and more American sports organizations expanding into other countries (i.e., NFL games in London, Mexico City), it’s extremely important to understand how our culture differs from others. I’m excited to learn about the similarities between sports business in the U.S. and in Ireland.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

Italy. I have a random obsession with Italian Renaissance artwork and everything that has to do with the Vatican. The food, the architecture, the history… even the people – everything about Italy is gorgeous! I’ve been to Rome twice….and I’ll be back. 

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

More of a fun fact: I’m the oldest of five children and am 15 years apart from my youngest sibling. I’d like a big family some day. 

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

I’m a sophomore at DePaul University in the greatest city in the world (Chicago). I’m from a suburb on the north side and currently live on DePaul’s campus in Lincoln Park. My major is sport management and I have a minor in hospitality leadership.


MAKE SURE YOU PACK EVERYTHING YOU NEED!

It’s important to be prepared for our international journey. Use this checklist to help guide your packing.

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Important Documents: Be sure to pack and keep all of the below within reach at all times.

  • Passport – Cannot expire within 6 months of our return date

    • For added security, keep your passport in the hotel safe and scan and email a copy to yourself and a family member or friend back home before embarking on your trip.

  • Driver’s license/Other government photo ID

  • Student ID (For international discounts!)

  • Travel Documents/reservation itinerary 

  • Credit or ATM Cards/Cash

Baggage Restrictions: United Airlines

  • You will be allowed one full-sized carry-on bag and one personal item free of charge.

  • For a checked bag the maximum exterior dimension (length + width + height) of standard checked baggage is 62 inches (158 cm), including handles and wheels. The maximum weight for checked baggage is 50 lbs.

  • The maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels.

  • The maximum dimensions for your personal item that fits under the seat in front of you, such as a shoulder bag, purse, laptop bag or other small item, are 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm). If you are traveling on a Basic Economy ticket, your personal item will be the only item you can bring on board.

  • Additional Details from United: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/baggage/carry-on.html

Carry-On: Pack your carry-on wisely with essential items for convenient outfit swaps or that “worst case scenario” of having your baggage lost in transit. Please carry your Living Sport shirts, and work apparel in this bag.

  • Casual change of clothes

  • Program t-shirts

  • Extra pair of shoes

  • Toiletries and necessities (Be aware of liquid volume restrictions)

  • Important medications

  • Sealed snacks – liquid is not allowed (Unless purchased at the airport after security)

  • Charging devices for electronics and adapter

Travel Basics: Pack these essentials along so you won’t get stuck paying inflated prices atports of call, on board or at your destination.

  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, contact solution, etc.) – Be sure items are within travel guidelines

  • Shower towel

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and aloe – VERY IMPORTANT

  • Bug spray – VERY IMPORTANT as mosquitos/bugs can irritate travelers

  • Light raincoat/Compact umbrella – Weather changes all the time and it does rain here!

  • Cellphone/electronics chargers - Check your cell-phone’s roaming charges when leaving the U.S. You should call your carrier and talk about the best option for you.

    • AT&T Info: https://www.att.com/shopcms/media/att/2016/shop/wireless/landing/international-plans/Wireless-Travel-Tips-Desktop-PDF.pdf

    • Verizon Info: https://www.verizonwireless.com/solutions-and-services/international-travel/o 

    • Also read these tips that you should know while traveling: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/phones-tech

  • Electric converters/adapters or multiple plug outlet: When traveling you will need an outlet converter to charge your phone, use a hair dryer, etc. The link below is a converter at a great price (must order online, not available in stores).

    • https://www.walmart.com/ip/Insten-2-Pack-Universal-Travel-AC-Plug-Power- Charger-Adapter-For-US-UK-EU-AU-Worldwide- International/28881668?athcpid=28881668&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid =null&athznid=PWVUB&athieid=v0&athstid=CS020&athguid=30aab00a-8cb- 1683340f9dc1cb&athena=true

Dress for Your Destination: Keep in mind what activities you have planned, and the weather conditions during your travel. Some trips may take you through multiple climates, so bring a variety if needed. For Ireland, bring a sweatshirt and pants even in the summer. In July average low temperatures hover around 54-degrees Fahrenheit while the average high climbs to about 70 degrees. In July, rainfall is often and spontaneous so be prepared. Ireland gets about 18 hours of daylight in July and will get dark around 11PM.

  • Overall dress code for the trip will be business casual to casual. Please keep in mind we are in a business setting and although we are allowing casual wear, you should always want to look put together. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts will be allowed. Short shorts and ripped jeans are discouraged.

  • Two (2) business casual outfits for workshop sessions and photos

  • Sneakers are a must for work days and sightseeing days

  • Work uniform for event: We are working an event titled Tough Mudder! Please plan to get dirty. Typical wear is khaki work pants/jeans, sneakers, and staff shirt that will be distributed to you. T-shirt and gym shorts/pants will be needed for event setup days (3 days). Packing a rain jacket, rain pants, and boots are a good idea. Your sneakers will get muddy.

  • It can get chilly once the sun goes down, so be sure to pack a long-sleeve and/or sweatshirt, pants to have with you. This will also be handy for the flight as they usually keep planes cool inside.

  • Be sure to pack a t-shirt with your current school or alma mater for our group photo

  • Don’t forget hats (important for sun protection), socks, hair ties and other accessories

  • Check weather conditions prior to traveling to ensure you are packing correctly

  • Packing a rain jacket or poncho is a smart idea. We will be working rain or shine.

  • Try not to over pack. It is very standard to wear clothes more than once on a long trip!

  • To help better blend in with the crowd, don’t bring shirts with American flags, or American representation.

Money: Advice including when to exchange money, if you should use a credit card or ATM, questions to ask your bank, and other travel tips to save money!

  • The currency in Dublin is the Euro

  • Our favorite website to learn more: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/money

  • Contact your bank and see about your fees when visiting the ATM abroad. Ask if there are partner banks in Europe that you will not get charged a fee when withdrawing money. Inquire how much money you are allowed to withdraw in one day. Also be sure to inform them of the dates you will be traveling.

  • Call your credit card companies and inform them of your travel plans. This is very important to ensure you will be able to use your card without any trouble. Also ask if there are any international transaction fees with your card.

Skills Workshop Sessions:

  • Just like any business meeting, be sure to arrive on time with a pen and a notepad

  • Bring four (4) copies of your most recent resume/cover letter for the 1-on-1 sessions

  • Business cards are a fantastic idea

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