Welcome to the second edition of your Hamburg newsletter!

June 1, 2019

Use this newsletter to join our team’s WhatsApp group (texting/messaging), learn about exchanging money, meet another mentor and get introduced to some team members!

REMINDER: All team members need to sign up to be a Tough Mudder volunteer. You’ll find the sign up link again in this newsletter.

PROGRAM CHECKLIST:

Below is a checklist to make sure you are up-to-date. Be sure to visit & bookmark the Living Sport Hamburg 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: Both of these forms are very important and will be kept on file as we travel in case of an emergency.

Newsletter Questions & Answers and Accompanying Photos: We want to learn about you! Our newsletter will help our Hamburg team get to know one another prior to the trip. Please submit these items ASAP 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 will be 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 Hamburg itinerary, lodging details, and emergency contact information for Living Sport on the online portal as well.


REMINDER: SIGN UP TO BE A TOUGH MUDDER VOLUNTEER!

All Living Sport Hamburg team members must sign up to be an official volunteer for Tough Mudder. Access the sign up link here: https://mvpdeutschland.rosterfy.eu/groups/LivingSport  

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

  1. Tough Mudder” as the Eventformat

  2. Tough Mudder 2019 - Norddeutschland 13./14. Juli” as the Event

  3. “Event Wochenende” as the Kategorie

  4. Click on the first “Mudder Experience Living Sport” option for Saturday - “Samstag 13 Juli”

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


WHATSAPP - A GREAT WAY TO TALK & TEXT WITH WIFI!

Be sure to download the WhatsApp app ASAP and join our group with this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/E3lDx9Djx5tFRkSJi0D4Ju

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This is the best and easiest way for us to communicate throughout the trip.

With WhatsApp, you'll get fast, simple, secure messaging for free* (*if connected to WiFi). WhatsApp enables text and voice messaging over your phone’s data connection. By forcing the information through WhatsApp servers, you are able to avoid SMS charges. Such charges can be significant in foreign countries. Using WhatApps in another country simply involves forcing your phone or similar device to use Wi-Fi instead of local cellular connections. The catch is however that you MUST be connected to WiFi.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Download the WhatsApp app

2. Turn off your cellular connection. For most phones, go into the settings menu and turn off the cellular data setting. For more information on doing this in Windows, iOS and Android phones, see the links under “Resources.”

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3. Connect your phone to a compatible Wi-Fi network. Throughout the world, Wi-Fi uses a signaling standard that is compatible with virtually all smartphones.

4. Open WhatsApp and use as you normally would. WhatsApp will use the only available connection, Wi-Fi, to complete your conversations.

TIPS:

  • When traveling abroad, it’s wise to set your status to something that informs your WhatsApp contacts that you won’t answer with the same immediacy you would when using your domestic mobile data account. The company recommends, “I am currently roaming abroad, will reply when I am on Wi-Fi.”

  • If you’re going to be in one international location for a while, you can also purchase a local smartphone and load WhatsApp on to that phone. This enables you to use cellular data without incurring data roaming charges.

  • When first connecting to Wi-Fi, open your smartphone's browser and attempt to connect to Google or another simple website. Some Wi-Fi hotspots have a captive mode that prevents your connection from completing until you agree to terms. You can agree to these terms only when redirected within a browser. If you have not agreed to these terms, WhatsApp will not work.

For complete information on WhatsApp visit their website: https://www.whatsapp.com


MONEY EXCHANGE

The currency used in Germany is the Euro. The Euro comes in notes and coins. The current exchange rate as of today (6/1/19) is 1 Euro = 1.12 US Dollars. 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 (called Geldautomat in German) 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 Germany so it should be relatively easy to locate one, especially at places like grocery stores, hotels, train stations, restaurants 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. Germany has remained a largely cash-based society where many say “Cash is King”. You may find many shops and cafes don’t accept cards.

Credit Card: Visa and MasterCard are more commonly accepted across Europe and offer fair exchange rates. American Express is not often accepted in Germany. 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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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 5 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 graduate, 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 Bachelors degree in Sport Management. I currently reside in Philadelphia PA.


let’s get to know the HAMBURG 2019 TEAM!

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JENNIFER WUNDER

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I grew up with lots of hockey fans and spending my weekends at a field or a rink. In high school, I joined the hockey cheerleading team and got involved with the behind-the-scenes of the hockey club (running social media, brainstorming themed nights, planning the Christmas party). Now, here I am, a college graduate determined to be in the sports industry.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My all-time favorite sport is hockey, but I enjoy sports in general. My favorite sports teams are the St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and New England Patriots.

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What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would like to be a marketing, promotions or community relations manager for a sports team

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

My dream job is to be a branding and creative director

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

I am always prepared. By being prepared, I do my research and keep organized. I also have a contagious laugh that can be identified in any crowd.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

I have completed two seasons with a Minor League Baseball team as their Mascot. I am about to complete my second season with the St. Louis Blues working for Louie (their mascot).

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

I love traveling and sports, so I know this will be a great experience. I am hoping to open my sports knowledge to new horizons and make connections within the sport industry beyond my backyard.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

Paris, France

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

I recently got into 3D design and 3D printing (see photo of my semester worth of projects). I will be a certified Corporate Event Planner by our trip. I love to travel and have been to over 13 different countries and 18 states.

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

I attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. I majored in interactive media and web design, and minored in advertising. I currently reside in St. Charles, but I lived in New Hampshire for a lot of my childhood (hence the Boston fan).


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BRETT HORTON

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I have loved sports for as long as I can remember. I really want a job that I can wake up happy to go to every day.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

Soccer. Chelsea.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

Sports agent or sports lawyer.

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

Owner of my own sports agency.

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

I bring a lot of positive energy.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

I worked the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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

I hope to meet a lot of interesting people and learn more about the industry that I want to become apart of.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

Japan

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

I love to go to the movies.

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

Elon University. Business major. Cleveland, Ohio.


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TAYLOR JAMES

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I have always been drawn to the camaraderie that comes with team sports and how it can bring together communities as well as people from all different walks of life. I love watching and playing sports and want to able to bring the world of sports to others. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sports are golf, American football, and hockey. I have been a lifelong Chicago Blackhawks fan but golf is where my passion for sport lies. I grew up in a family that based all gatherings around golf and have been a part of club experiences since I was young. I also follow the PGA Tour closely and try to attend at least one tournament a year. While most people fall asleep to golf on a Sunday, it is what gets me out of bed. My favorite PGA Tour player is Justin Thomas and my favorite sports teams include the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs, and Ohio State University football team. 

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What job would you like to have in 5 years?

In five years, I would love to have a traveling job in the golf industry dealing with tournaments. 

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

My dream job would be to run tournament operations for the PGA Tour. In order to get there, I imagine my next job to be an entry level position in operations for either a sports facility or a specific team.

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

Adaptability. I believe I have always been able to respond well to changes and unforeseen circumstances. I perform efficiently under pressure and try my hardest to figure situations out fast and effectively. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Through a mock simulation in a class I was taking, I was able, with the help of a few classmates, to plan a golf outing for 200 people earmarked to bring in $1 million. Through extensive research and interviews we were able to present a realistic event proposal for the occasion. 

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

I hope to gain both professional and personal connections as well as learn what it takes to make it in the sports industry. I believe this program is unique and very much caters to help young people trying to break into the world of sports and I am very grateful that I get to be a part of it. 

Favorite city or country you have visited?

Two of my favorite places I have visited are the Great Smoky Mountains and Punta Cana. I love camping and hiking but also relaxing and experiencing new things. In the Smoky Mountains, I learned to appreciate nature in a place that saw a tragic fire in recent years. While in Punta Cana, I was able to relax with my family and learn about the poverty surrounding the resort communities. As well as play with some cute monkeys! (Pictured) 

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

While it is not a very fun fact, I have broken 5 of my toes. Some more than once and one that required surgery. A more fun fact: I have 31 cousins on one side of my family. 

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

I currently attend Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. I am double majoring in Sports Management and Business Administration. I live in Yorkville, IL, about an hour outside of Chicago. 


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ABIGAILE KOOTSILLAS

What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I’ve had an interest in athletics since I was young, but this past year solidified it. I worked as an Athletic Marketing and Game Day Experience intern for Oakland University where I worked game days of different sporting events such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, and more. I also did “behind the scenes” work such as help with photoshoots of the athletes, proofread trading cards, write/edit scripts that our announcer read, and record some social media videos.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport to watch is hockey, but my favorite to play is tennis. Even though we’re not great right now, I love all Detroit teams.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would like to work in the marketing division for a Detroit sports team.

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

My dream job is to work for the Red Wings on their game day experience team or marketing sponsorship, and hopefully travel with the team to different states when they play.

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

I think a unique trait that I bring to the team is that I am able to know when to be an effective leader and when to be a good follower. I believe that good leadership cannot work without effective followership and individuals to execute ideas, so I think I know when to differentiate between the two situations.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

My biggest sport business accomplishment is probably getting the internship with Athletics Marketing which gave me exposure to other aspects of the industry.

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

I hope to gain more knowledge of the athletics industry and understand how the business works but also what it’s like to work with sports outside of the United States.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favorite city so far has been Athens, Greece.

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

One hobby that I have is that I like to video edit.

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

I recently graduated from Oakland University with a major in Communication and minors in Journalism and Psychology. I live in Allen Park, Michigan.


SOCIAL MEDIA

PROGRAM HASHTAGS: #iamlivingsport #LivingHamburg2019

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Looking for content to impress future employers or to update your community on your newest sport industry endeavor? Share your Living Sport accomplishment across your social media! LinkedIn is a KEY tool for business professionals.

Tag Living Sport and use the program hashtags #iamlivingsport and #LivingHamburg2019 to keep the content in one place and enable your community to follow you and your teammates on the trip! You should utilize this program to get yourself and your #sportsbiz accomplishments seen!