Welcome to the third edition of your Hamburg newsletter!

June 20, 2019

Use this newsletter to help with your packing, learn a few German words/phrases, understand the time and date format in Germany, and meet more of your team members! Be sure to join the team WhatsApp group if you haven’t yet — you’ll find the link below.



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

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.

Travel Insurance: On June 7th, travel insurance policies were sent out to our team. If your account is not paid in full, insurance document forms will not be sent until it is.

Flight Information: Group flight information was also sent via e-mail on June 7th. 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 to download the WhatsApp app ASAP and join our group with this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/E3lDx9Djx5tFRkSJi0D4Ju

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



Germany records the date using the day-month-year format (20 June 2019 or 20/06/19). When speaking, often times Germans will use the 12-hour clock and say 4 in the afternoon, meaning 4pm. When writing time, the 24-hour clock is most commonly used which would be noted as 16:00 (4pm).

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 6:30 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 = 10:00. 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 Hamburg (CEST - Central European Summer Time) is 6 hours with Hamburg ahead of New York. When it it 9:00AM in New York, it is 3:00PM (or as we just learned 15:00) in Hamburg.


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What made you want to get into the sports industry? 

I have always been interested in sports but I never had a passion for the sport industry. That was until my second year of college. I like to say that the sport industry found me. I was given the opportunity to be the team manager for our women's basketball team and the following year I was promoted to Director of Basketball Operations. I really fell in love with the logistics of the industry and the operational aspects of basketball.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? 

My favorite sport would have to be basketball. As a Philadelphia native I proudly represent for the 76ers.

What job would you like to have in 5 years? 

In 5 years from now I hope to be working in event coordination at the professional sport level.

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

My dream job is to be the business operations manager for the 76ers. My job search has been a winding road thus far but I hope wherever I end up working, it will provide me with crucial learning experiences.

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

I think the trait that I bring to the 2019 Hamburg team is that I am extremely detailed-orientated. I am always noticing errors or identifying items that may possibly become a problem before they happen.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? 

My biggest sport business accomplishment so far has been an action research project that I was involved in. Over my last semester of college I attended sport networking events and career fairs in which I was able to interview sport professionals. All of the information learned and the connections made have been implemented into our college’s newly founded sport management program.


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

Through this International Sport Business Program I hope that I gain knowledge to benefit my career in sports. Also, I hope to gain personal growth by stepping out of my comfort zone and visiting a country that I have always wanted to go to.

Favorite city or country you have visited? 

I have not traveled much or very far up to this point in my life. With the few places I have traveled I will have to say that so far, my hometown of Philadelphia is still my favorite city.

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

A fun fact about me is that I am very crafty and enjoy doing DIY (do it yourself) projects!

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

I will be graduating May 11, 2019 from Rosemont College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing.

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What made you want to get into the sports industry?

My love for sport began when I was a young kid moving around. One of the only constants in my life was sports and it was a heavy social crutch for me. I knew eventually that my playing days would end at some point and all I could imagine doing was giving back to the industry that fostered me into the person I am today.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport to play is ultimate frisbee but my favorite sport to watch is soccer. My favorite sport teams are West Ham United, the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles and UNC Tar Heels.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

Sport Information Director

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

My dream job is to be a head data analyst or a sport information manager for a professional team.

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

A unique trait that I can bring is that I am adaptable to any situation. If needed I can step up and be a leader or be an enthusiastic teammate.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

As Vice Chair of the East Stroudsburg University Pocono Raceway College Tour Committee, we won back to back competitions that involved area marketing, data collection and event planning.


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

I hope to learn how international sporting events are run compared to the US, while also fostering my growth into a sporting professional.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

London, England

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

I only have been playing ultimate frisbee for three years but it has quickly become one of my favorite sports.

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

I am currently a senior at East Stroudsburg University majoring in sport management with two minors in applied statistics and business management. I currently reside in Danville, Pennsylvania which is located ten minutes outside of Bloomsburg.

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What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Growing up I was always involved with sports being an athlete, a spectator, a manager and a cheerleader. It was the second semester of my junior year of college when I was contemplating switching my major and took a sport event planning class which I loved. It was the first semester where I didn’t hate college. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport is college wrestling and specifically Iowa wrestling. My favorite baseball team is the Cardinals, football team is the Cowboys, basketball team is the Timberwolves, hockey team is the Colorado Avalanche, soccer team internationally is Borussia-Dortmund and my favorite United States soccer team is the Colorado Rapids. 

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would like to be a part of the event management team for the University of Iowa Athletics. 


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

My dream job would be working for a professional team.

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

A unique trait I can bring to the team is speaking German and positivity. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?


My biggest sports accomplishment was getting a sale from a cold-call callback for the Iowa Wild (AHL) in the summer of 2017 that was worth a $140 sale. 

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

I hope to gain more experience with event operations through Tough Mudder, learn more sport professional skills from the mentors and sport professionals, and network.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

My favorite city that I have visited would be Denver, Colorado.

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

A hobby of mine is I like to write fiction books on my computer. In the past I have written and finished three books. Out of the three books there are two that have sequels I need to finish and I’m currently working on finishing two books.

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

I attended the University of Iowa and in December 2018 I graduated with a B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management. I currently reside in Iowa City, Iowa. 


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What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I grew up playing all types of sports and have always just had a fascination for the competitive culture. I knew from a young age that the sports industry is where I always wanted to be. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

I love all sports so I really do not have a favorite team. I live in a suburb of Philadelphia though so going to a Phillies game or an Eagles game is always super fun.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would love to have my dream job of being an agent for professional athletes.

What is your dream job? What is your next job?

My dream job would to be an agent and/or mentor for professional athletes. I want to be the voice and advocate for them when they are going through the drafting process, help guide them through those life-changing decisions, and then of course help them out as a manager later on too when they are looking at saving and investing. However, I know that that type of job is still several positions away and for my next job I would just love any position that gets me into the sports industry in the business side of things.  

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

I am a such a hard worker and I work really well in teams because of my excellent communication skills. Playing sports my entire life has been such a blessing because it teaches you so many things about life and people that I would have never been able to learn in a classroom setting. I have also held several customer service jobs that have also taught me how to work with others and think that is such a valuable trait when getting involved in an opportunity like this. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern with the Philadelphia Union in the fall of 2018 and I really enjoyed learning about all of the possible jobs and careers within the sports industry in order to run a fully functional, successful sports organization. There are a lot of behind-the-scenes positions that I wouldn’t have even realized or gotten a better understanding of otherwise. 

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

I’m really looking forward to being able to collaborate with students from other schools which is something that no other program can offer. I love getting to learn and hear about different ideas and I know that this an opportunity where everyone has a greater passion about the sports industry within business. Getting to expand my knowledge into the career world that I eventually want to be in, while being able to gain experience in a new culture, is really exciting.  

Favorite city or country you have visited?

I have not yet been out of the country; however, I have been to a lot of the major cities in America and I think my favorite would have to be Milwaukee, WI. I loved the laid-back atmosphere and the cultural awareness and support of all of the small businesses within the city. There are a ton of different and exotic restaurants across all types of food, while there are still plenty of stereotypical attractions for your average tourist. It was easy to tell that the people of Milwaukee take pride in their history and heritage as well. From anywhere in the city you can get beautiful views of Lake Superior too!

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

I have my motorcycle license and go on bike trips with my dad. 

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

I attend West Chester University double majoring in accounting and business management. I currently live in West Chester, PA. 




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

Important Documents: Be sure to pack and keep any or 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 – This will be distributed to you

  • Credit or ATM Cards/Cash

Baggage Restrictions: Aer Lingus

  • Aer Lingus allows 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop bag) per passenger fee free. Carry-on should not exceed the following size and weight restrictions: Maximum weight for a carry-on is 22lb and maximum size is 21.5” H x 15.5” W x 9.5” L. Your personal item’s (small handbag, laptop bag) maximum size is 10” H x 13” W x 8” L.

  • With the group flight you will receive one free checked bag. The checked bag’s maximum weight is 50lbs and maximum dimensions of any bag are (length + width + height) = 62”.

  • More Details from Aer Lingus: https://www.aerlingus.com/travel-information/baggage-information

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 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 at ports of call, on board or at your destination. 

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 Hamburg, 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 73 degrees. In July, rainfall is spontaneous so be prepared. Hamburg gets about seven hours of bright sunshine per day in July.

  • 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: Khacki 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). Rain gear is needed! Boots, rain jackets, and rain pants are good to have on hand.

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

  • 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

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

  • 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!

  • Hamburg, Germany’s currency 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 three (4) copies of your most recent resume/cover letter for the one on one sessions

  • Business cards are a fantastic idea



Ja - Yes

Nein - No

Bitte - Please

Danke - Thank you

Vielen Dank - Thank you very much

Mein Name ist _ - My name is _____

Hallo - Hello

Hallo, wie geht’s? - Hello, how are you?

Guten Morgen - Good morning

Guten Tag - Good day

Guten Abend - Good evening

Gute Nacht - Good night

Auf Wiedersehen - Goodbye

Tschüs - Bye

Freut mich - Nice to meet you!

Bitte schön - You are welcome

Entschuldigung - Excuse me

Sprechen Sie Englisch? - Do you speak English?

Kein Problem - No problem

Was empfehlen Sie? - What do you recommend?

Die Rechnung, bitte - The bill, please

Was kostet das? - How much is this?