Welcome to the 2nd edition of our London Newsletter!

May 19, 2018

We are 23 days from our incredible journey to London, England. Utilize this newsletter to prepare for the trip!


Program Paperwork Checklist:

 Below is a checklist to make sure you are up-to-date. All details can be found on the Living Sport London Portal.

Travel Insurance: Most everyone should have received a copy of their Travel Insurance plan. If you haven't received a copy but recently submitted your initial deposit, you will receive your insurance documents within 2 weeks.

Flight Information: See the program portal for group flight information. Please send your travel itinerary to and from JFK if you haven't already.

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


Chasity Brown - lecturer - Health Sciences, Lincoln university

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Chasity spends everyday of her life developing her plan for continued self-growth. Whether it is furthering her education or teaching herself a new skill/hobby, Chasity puts 100% into everything she does. She brings this high-achieving mentality to her teaching/mentoring of students and challenges those around her to be the best they can be every day. She was honored last month with the Faculty of the Year award for her outstanding work at Lincoln Univeristy. Her background and mentoring style brings the perfect dynamic to our London program.


 Chasity began her career in the Health and Wellness field serving as a Health and Wellness Director at various YMCA’s for over six years.  Ms. Brown then took a more focused route and served as a Director of Wellness for a local retirement community, where her role was to develop employee wellness programs designed to meet biometric standards for over 350 employees. 

Chasity currently teaches at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in the Health Science department, serves as the internship coordinator, and works with the several of the sports teams on campus to improve their strength and conditioning.

In her spare time you can find her teaching fitness classes at the local gym, serving as a volunteer coach for the Girls on the Run program, or working with youth ministry at her church that is titled Girls in Fellowship Together While Sharing and Serving, their most recent project was serving in Haiti.

Chasity holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University, a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University and is currently pursuing a DrPH in Public Health from Capella University.



What made you want to get into the sports industry?

I have participated in sport most of my life, whether it be participating on a sports team or helping run a youth basketball program.  Sports have been an instrumental part of my upbringing.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

Tough question to answer.  I love many sports, my favorite sports to watch on television are basketball and football but my favorite sport to watch in person is baseball.  I am a San Francisco 49ers fan and a Philadelphia 76ers and Phillies fan.

What job would you like to have in 5 years?

I would like to continue teaching at a University. 

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to teach at the college level; fortunately I was able to secure that position..

Depicted below: This past semester Chasity was honored with the Faculty of the Year Award!

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What is a unique trait that you bring to our London 2018 team?
While I have experience working in sport, I will also bring the experience of teaching and working with college students on a daily basis.  

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Working with the men’s basketball team as their conditioning coach.  I have also ran several 5k events which has been rewarding.

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

I hope to gain knowledge on how to better prepare and educate my future students on international sport.

Favorite city or country you have visited?

Haiti has forever changed my life.

Depicted below: Chasity interacting with children of Haiti.

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

I am a runner, I love to run!  I also have a new interest in crafting. 

Depicted below: (Left) Chasity finishing a recent 5K. (Right) In her spare time, Chasity creates personalized items of all kind!



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

I attended East Stroudsburg University where I earned a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Sport Management.  I am currently pursuing a DrPH in Public Health from Capella University.  I currently reside in Coatesville, PA.

Lets get to know the LONDON 2018 team!

Featuring Hector Ayala, Emilie Garner, Chris Kuo, Justin Lee, Matthew Ricca, and Tina Schirmeister

At Living Sport, one of our main goals is to connect people to help grow their professional network. We have all heard that networking is a necessity in the sport industry and it is definitely true. The staff at Living Sport has all had help from their network along their journey through sport. Our Living Sport London Team with get to know each other very well on our adventure and it is our hope that each relationship lasts a lifetime! Lets meet a few of our teammates.

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1. What made you want to get into sport management?

Hector: Having been born into an athletic family, I would have to say my passion runs deep. Growing up I played in numerous sports including baseball, basketball, and soccer. I competed in collegiate D1 Rugby and became a high-school coach after graduation. I currently work at the Philadelphia Phillies and enjoy sport and competition at any level. I love the passion, energy, and drive that sports bring out in fans like myself and i love the idea of being able to help provide that same feeling for other people.

Emilie: I have always had a passion for sports, and a desire to work in the industry since a young age. Sports have the unique ability to bring together a diverse group people from all different backgrounds and societies, and we are all able to connect through one thing…sport. I think sport has the power to connect people and societies all over the world despite our differences and conflicts. I hope to be a part of this experience as I get older, and as I progress with my career in the sports industry.

Chris: My first taste of what the sports industry is like started on a whim application and interview. The summer before my senior year of college at Kent State University, I started working for the Pittsburg Steelers. I went to St. Vincent College’s campus for an interview that was for a position, I thought, I had little chance of getting. However, I knew someone who went there and they told me about the interview, so I gave it a shot. A few weeks later, I was hired by the Steelers Marketing Coordinator himself, who I had interviewed with for the position. After working exclusively at training camp for the Steelers my first two years of employment, and taking classes the rest of the year, I started working all the home games and Steelers sponsored events. After working as a Brand Ambassador for the past 3 years, I can honestly say, I fell in love with the energy of the sports industry along with all the amazing people I have met while working in it.


Justin: I love watching and participating in sports. I've always been a sports fan and I like to see how it creates passion and energy with participants or those watching.  

Matthew: I just have a natural love for sports, growing up outside of Miami I was always outside as a kid and doing physical activities with basketball, football, soccer and even tennis being my main sports I loved to play.    

Tina: Since a young child I have always been active in artistic sports like gymnastics, dance, and ice skating. Even throughout high school, I was apart of the colorguard team,  as well as swimming and diving for a semester. When it came time to figure a major out…I had no idea what I wanted to do. Someone told me to pick my favorite class, at that time it was Chemistry but what I was really enjoying was helping create and execute events related to sport. Without realizing it until a few years later, I wanted to shift from the performer to the team that hosts and creates these events. While in my first years as a college student, I was watching the Pac 10 Gymnastics competition and the Sports Administration major flashed across the screen. Once I found out Sports Administration was a major the rest was history.


2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Hector: This must be a trick question! My favorite sport would have to be Rugby since I played it in college and currently coach it. My favorite teams would have to be our new Super Bowl Champs, The Philadelphia Eagles, The 76ers and Phillies!

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Emilie: I would have to say that my favorite sport is soccer. I have played soccer since about age 5, and I am currently on the East Carolina University’s Women’s Club Team. My favorite sports teams include, the Carolina Panthers and the USWNT (United States Women’s National Soccer Team).

Chris: I love Football & Hockey pretty equally. The Pittsburgh Steelers & The Penguins. (But, Football/Steelers if I had to choose one.)

Justin: Basketball & Soccer / LA Lakers; Chelsea F.C.

Matthew: My favorite sport is soccer with my favorite team being Chelsea FC.  

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Tina: Ice skating is my favorite sport so hockey and some football are my favorite sports to watch. I grew up close to Los Angeles, CA and skating at the Toyota Center where the Kings practice therefore, they may be my favorite team.


3. What job would you like to have in the next five years?

Hector: My dream job in 5 years would be to work Event Coordinator/Management or even Community Outreach for a team at any level.

Emilie: In 5 years I would like to be settled in with either a university or professional team / league. I would ideally like to work in the event management & operations side of sports.

Chris: Marketing Coordinator, Advertising Manager, or Sponsorship Manager.     

Justin: Player Development Manager

Matthew: The job I would like to have in 5 would have to be working with a soccer team, most likely in America, getting experience and learning more about the industry. 

Tina: One that I enjoy and forces me to travel. Still figuring the specifics out out for sure.


4. What is your dream job?

Hector: My dream job would be to work as a GM for any major team at any level of sport!

Emilie: My dream job is a management / administration position within MLS. I would like to oversee the event management and operations department of a professional soccer team.

Chris: Anything that will let me be a little creative and work in a high-energy sports related environment!    

Justin: GM of Basketball, NFL or Soccer team 

Matthew: My dream job would definitely have to be working as a sporting director for Chelsea FC or any big soccer team in Europe.  

Tina: Once I’ve had enough traveling/want to start a family, currently I want to become an events coordinator either for a venue or a state fairgrounds


5. What is a unique trait you bring to the London team?

Hector: My unique trait would be my passion. I'm driven by my love for sports and am always trying to push the envelope to get better. I love trying new things and feel that my passion is a huge drive to accomplish more.

Emilie: I am extremely adventurous and I love to try new things. I am open to any idea, and love meeting new people.

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Chris: I’m an extremely social person who likes to work hard and play hard too. Always willing to go the extra mile for people and my job. 

Justin: Charisma, great teammate and leadership

Matthew: My knowledge of the London sports scene is something I bring to the London team. I have been following English soccer for about 12 years now so I know my stuff when it comes to that topic of discussion.      

Tina: A unique trait I bring to London 2018 team is my ability to be a flexible and diverse member. I have been the performer, the stage hand, the register/check-in team member, the maintenance crew member, the planner, the sponsorship recruiter, and more have given me my unique ability.


6. What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

Hector: My biggest accomplishment so far would be getting an internship with the Philadelphia Phillies as a Group and Season Sales Representative.

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Emilie: My biggest accomplishment within my career so far is my acceptance into this program. I had never heard about this program until a friend mentioned it to me. I think this program will be life changing, and I know it will be helpful with my future endeavors.

Chris: I would say working so hard everyday when I’m at work for my boss, that he knows that I’m one of the most reliable and devoted people he has on his team. Earning people trust is something I really take pride in!

Justin: This program!   

Matthew: Traveling on this program and taking classes and learning as much as I can about the industry.     

Tina: Landing this opportunity!


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

Hector: I hope to gain new opportunities from this program. The opportunity to travel to a new place over the pond, meet new people to help grow my network, and learn more about other sports!

Emilie: I hope to gain experience and traits that make me stand out on my resume. I look forward to hosting an international sporting event and gaining experience overseas, which is something that not a lot of people in this field possess. I also look forward to meeting new people, and experiencing sport in a new environment.

Chris: I hope to gain a better understanding of how people in other countries go about doing their marketing/Advertising and run their franchises in general.   

Justin: Looking for sports experience and networking.

Matthew: I hope to gain a lot of connections and of course more experience within the sports management field. Especially since my future career goals include working internationally, I felt this opportunity was the perfect chance for me to get started in doing that.     

Tina: Experience, a larger network, and lifelong friends.


8. Favorite city you have visited?

Hector: My favorite city that I've visited would have to Boston. It's such an amazing city with rich history, great food, awesome sports following, and so many things to do!

Emilie: Cayman Islands

Chris: I like Manhattan in New York, and Nassau in the Bahamas.   

Justin: Los Angeles

Matthew: My favorite city I have visited is London. It was always my dream to go there and I had such high expectations of it before going and it definitely reached those expectations. It is such a beautiful city, so diverse and has so much to do, and of course they love soccer so it was everything I could’ve ever believed it to be..      

Tina: Colorado Springs, CO


9. Tell us about hobby, fun fact, or hidden talent you have.

Hector: A fun fact about me would have to be I'm also a drummer and play in a band.

Emilie: I am from Topsail Island, North Carolina so I spend a lot of my free time in the summer wake surfing. For those of you who don’t know what that is, wake surfing is basically just surfing on a board that is attached to a boat. It can be a difficult sport to learn, but once you do it is a lot of fun!

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Chris: I like to Ski. I have traveled to Utah and skied in Park City, Snowbird/Alta, and The Cannons. I have also played pretty much every intermural sport that you can think of in college. (My favorites were Basketball, Soccer, and Football though.)     


Justin: I love to dance.  

Matthew: Fun fact about me, I am vegetarian, I do not eat any meat and limited dairy products.  

Tina: One of my current hobbies is colorguard, for 2017 and 2018 season I have been apart of one of best World Class winterguard’s called IMBUE.  Also the past two summers, I was toured with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.

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10. What college/university do you attend? Where do you reside now?

Hector: I attended Kutztown University, where I received my degree in Business Marketing. Currently I live in the home of the Cheesesteaks, Philadelphia, PA.

Emilie: I currently attend East Carolina University, located in Greenville, North Carolina. My major is Sports Studies with a minor in Business Administration.

Chris: I graduated from Kent State University Majoring in Advertising with a dual minor in Business and Marketing. I live a little less than an hour south of Pittsburgh, PA 

Justin: The University of Akron; Business Management; Akron/Lewis Center, OH

Matthew: I am a student at Florida International University, my major is Sports Management and I live just north of Miami in a big city called Pembroke Pines.

Tina: I currently attend Fresno State University pressuring a degree in Sports Administration with a certificate in Sports and Entertainment Facility Management. I currently live in Fresno, CA.

Social Media:

Be sure to like Living Sport's social media pages! We encourage you to document your trip on social media using the hashtag #iamlivingsport. From planning, to packing, to your jouney in London, we would love to see it!

Remember, being selected to attend Living Sport's program should be something that you are very proud of as we searched the nation for the industry's up and coming stars. Share your accomplishment with the world and be sure to tag Living Sport!

AMERICA at the london olympics in 2012: 

While visiting the Olympic grounds in London, our group will learn much about the games and what it takes a city to host the Olympic Games. Lets refresh ourselves on the American history of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


The United States of America, represented by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from July 27 to August 12, 2012. U.S. athletes have competed at every Summer Olympic Games in the modern era, except the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow which they boycotted. The USOC sent a total of 530 athletes to the 2012 Games, 261 men and 269 women, to compete in 25 sports. For the first time in its Olympic history, the United States was represented by more female than male athletes.

U.S. athletes left London with a total of 103 medals (46 gold, 28 silver and 29 bronze), finishing at the top of the gold and overall medal standings. The 46-gold medal record was the most the United States had ever won in any Olympics in which it was not the host nation. At least one medal was awarded to U.S. athletes in sixteen sports, thirteen of which contained at least one gold. U.S. athletes dominated the nations' medal standings in swimming, wherein they won a total of 31 medals, including 16 golds. Twenty-seven U.S. athletes won more than a single medal. The U.S. team-based athletes also proved particularly successful, as the women's soccer, water polo, and volleyball teams won gold and silver medals, respectively. Furthermore, the men's and women's basketball teams managed to defend their titles from Beijing. For the first time since 1936, no U.S. athlete won an Olympic medal in sailing.


Among the nation's medalists were swimmers Missy FranklinAllison Schmitt and Ryan Lochte, who each won a total of five medals. Swimmer Nathan Adrian and platform diver David Boudia won gold medals in their respective individual events after 24-year-long non-successes. Meanwhile, tennis player Serena Williams followed her sister's success by winning the gold medal in the women's tennis singles event. Gymnast Gabby Douglas became the fourth U.S. female to win a gold medal in the individual all-around eventAllyson Felix became the most successful U.S. track-and-field athlete at the event, winning three gold medals. Swimmer Michael Phelps emerged as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, with a total of 22 medals won (including four gold and two silver medals in London) – 18 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals – surpassing Larisa Latynina's overall Olympic medal count.


Living Sport London will spend much time in the Windsor area, working the Royal Windsor Triathlon, and lodging at Royal Holloway University in the neighboring city of Egham. The royal wedding is a very important historical event that we should have some knowledge on prior to our arrival just 3-weeks after.  The wedding will take place today May 19th, and if you choose to watch any of the live broadcast you will most likely get the opportunity to see the Windsor area flooded with crowds trying to get a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day. Continue reading to learn more about the Windsor Castle and the royal wedding in Windsor.

Fairy Tale Windsor Castle to Host Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding

“It’s history. It’s legitimacy,” according to a local Windsor historian. “Right back to the earliest kings, they met at this place.”


WINDSOR, England — Royal insiders and historians nodded their heads knowingly when the venue Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding was announced. After all, the fairy tale-like Windsor Castle is said to be Queen Elizabeth II's favorite home.

But it is much more than that, according to David Lewis, a historian who has lived in the town of Windsor for 30 years.

“It’s history. It’s legitimacy,” he said as he took a break from walking his dog near the gates of the castle on a recent morning. “Right back to the earliest kings, they met at this place.”

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The imposing fortress and longest-occupied European palace some 25 miles west of London has been the home of British sovereigns for over 900 years.

The castle's grand spaces are lined with masterpieces by artists like Rubens and Rembrandt, portraits of past kings and queens, crystal chandeliers, gold ceiling moldings and knights in armor standing guard. It is still used for important ceremonial events and state visits.

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The castle has an added significance for the royal family, which adopted its name in 1917 when it became the House of Windsor.

The name change came during World War I when the royal family’s Germanic name, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, fell out of favor. The German air raids over London — with bombers dubbed “Gothas” — were the final straw and King George V issued a proclamation declaring that the family would henceforth be known as the House of Windsor.

Queen Elizabeth has spent time in the castle since she was a child, and during World War II she and her sister, Princess Margaret, were evacuated to escape the Nazi bombing of London. According to royal experts, the queen prefers the country retreat to her palace in the capital.

“Buckingham Palace is the office ... Windsor is her home,” said Amanda Bryett, Director of Windsor Tourist Guides. "This is where she grew up."

The queen spends weekends in Windsor from October until July, when she goes to Scotland's Balmoral Castle. The royal standard flies when the queen is in residence, letting everyone knows she’s home.

“This is really where she can relax,” said Bryett, who has lived in Windsor since the 1980s and said she often sees the queen driving her green Jaguar through Windsor's park on her way to church.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Margaret, left, and Elizabeth at the Welsh House, a miniature cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, in 1931.Lisa Sheridan / Getty Images

“She goes horse riding in the park, she walks her dogs in the park,” said Bryett marveling at the fact that, at 92, the monarch is still so active. “She was out last week.”

Even though she lived through the war there, the queen was reportedly surprised to learn, when it was revealed to her during a BBC documentary this year, that the crown jewels had actually been hidden in a cookie jar at the castle during World War II.

Windsor Castle really is “her majesty the queen's favorite home,” said Andrew Roberts, a British historian and royal commentator for NBC News. “So it's very fitting that Meghan and Harry should have chosen somewhere that matters so much to his grandmother to have their wedding.”

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The actual ceremony will take place in St. George’s Chapel. King Edward IV set in motion the building of the chapel in 1475 and it was completed 50 years later by King Henry VIII.

With its fan-vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows, it is considered a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. It is also the chapel of the Order of the Garter, Britain’s most prestigious order of chivalry.

The intimate choir area is lined with colorful banners, with heraldic family crests, symbols and animals, hanging above the area where the couple will exchange vows.

The chapel is also the burial place of King Charles I, King Henry VIII and King George III — who was forced to give up Britain's American colonies in 1783 after the Revolutionary War.

“There's something of an irony, of course, in that King George III is buried only a few yards away from where Meghan is going to be taking her vows,” said Roberts. “And so the last king of America is actually going to see an American joining his family.”

After the wedding ceremony, the couple will take a carriage procession through the town of Windsor, which is expected to be jammed with 100,000 spectators. Millions more are expected to follow on TV and online, with as many as 79 international broadcasters covering the event, according to royal officials.

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The carriage procession will pass by Frogmore House, where Prince Charles will host a private reception for 200 guests the night of the wedding, and return to the castle along the tree-lined Long Walk.

Frogmore itself has American as well as royal connections. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, whose relationship changed the course of the British monarchy, are buried on the grounds. The Duke — the former King Edward the VIII — abdicated in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, who later became the duchess; his younger brother, the current queen's father, became King George VI.

Windsor’s 30,000 residents are bracing themselves for their day in the spotlight.

“I think people can see that Harry is besotted — so happy. And we are just thrilled they’ve chosen Windsor,” Bryett said, adding that the town expects a bump in tourism for years to come.

The Rev. Ainsley Swift has called Windsor home for the last 20 years as a Church of England rector. He’s not involved in the royal wedding ceremony, but since Windsor Parish Church, one of the churches he oversees is on street where Harry and Meghan’s horse-drawn carriage procession will pass, he’s one of many getting ready.

“The town has both of a spring in its step and a sense of, ‘Oh my goodness,’” Swift said. “This is bigger than any of us.”

WHAT DAY and TIME IS IT in london?

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Date and time notation in the United Kingdom records the date using the day-month-year format (20 May 2018 or 20/05/18). The time can either be written using the 12-hour clock (4:10 pm), or the 24-hour clock notation (16:10), the latter format most common within industries such as rail and bus transport, the police, and the military.

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 London (BST - Brittish Summer Time) is 5 hours with London ahead of New York. When it it 9:00AM in New York, it is 2:00PM (or as we just learned 14:00) in London.