Welcome to the 4th edition of our London Newsletter!

June 7, 2018

We are 4 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.

Flight Information: For those traveling on the group flight, your airline tickets were send out via e-mail yesterday. If you did not receive the e-mail please contact Alicia immediately.

Trip Information: Review the program portal and utilize the information we have provided! If you have any questions, please ask it in the Facebook group page so all participants can receive advice as well!



The Facebook Group Page is the easiest way for all of us to keep in contact prior to the trip. It gives us a forum to ask and answer questions so that everyone is receiving the information which is extremely helpful as we all prepare. Please post all your questions in this forum. 

All participants should have received an e-mail invite into this private group. If you have not received an invite please contact Shane at sbaglini55@gmail.com.



ALICIA MARINELLI - FOUNDER/President, Living sport

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Alicia Marinelli is a sport business professional that has worked in multiple marketing & sales capacities in the sport & entertainment industry including positions with Madison Square Garden, Mohegan Sun Arena, International Cycling events, and with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Early in her career she realized the passion she had for helping young professionals succeed in the sport industry, a business that is difficult to break into.

Resulting in following that passion to help others, Marinelli created and revamped internship programs at five different sport organizations. The goal was to enable young professionals to receive meaningful and educational sport business experiences that would serve as a springboard for future opportunity. In 2011, Marinelli's sport industry success was featured as part of East Stroudburg University's nation-wide marketing campaign. In 2012, Marinelli innovatively created one of the first high school sports internship programs while she was working at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. This program gave high school students studying sport management the chance to experiment working at the ballpark prior to attending college. In the same year, Marinelli created the first annual iRUNpigs 5K at Coca-Cola Park. To-date the event has raised over $60,000 for IronPigs Charities, the team's nonprofit organization providing educational and recreational opportunities for Lehigh Valley youth. In 2014, she was elected as President of Kutztown University's Sport Management Advisory Board, advising faculty & staff on the current trends in the industry and helping students secure employment in the field. In 2017, Marinelli was invited to sit on the panel of the Pennsylvania Sport Business Conference serving as a judge in the annual case competition where student teams from universities all over the east coast compete in a sport business research competion. 

Marinelli has now taken it one step further by creating and introducing Living Sport's International Sport Business Program. Her mission is to do even more for people, by using sport as a catalyst to experience the world and to inspire personal and professional growth.

Currently, a number of Marinelli's former interns & mentees continue to work in sports and have found success in professional, collegiate, recreational, and nonprofit sport organizations. Through Living Sport she plans for those numbers to significantly rise. 

Marinelli received her Master's Degree in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University where she graduated with honors. She was a dual major at Misericordia University obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in both Marketing and Sport Management. She was one of the first female Sport Management graduates at Misericordia.



What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Sports was the one thing in life that defined me as a person. Anyone that knew me saw my natural passion for being active and participanting in every sport I could! When it came time to pick the one thing that I wanted to do for the rest of my life, sport business was it!

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams?

My favorite sport to play has always been baseball/softball. My favorite sports teams are the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Penn State Nittany Lions football team.

What is your dream job?

My dream job was always to create my own sport-related business. I didn't always know what type of business it would be, but I always had confidence that I could do something great. The dream continues to grow as we take the steps to enable Living Sport to expand across the sport industry.

What is a unique trait that you bring to our London 2018 team?
My sport business story started off very rocky and finding that first job in sports didn't come easy for me. Because this industry is so competitive, I believe my story of struggle and triumph resonates with students and young professionals that may be dealing with the same obstacles. It is my hope that by sharing my story it provides motivation to those who may need it to fuel their fire.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?

I hold all of my accomplishments close to my heart as they were all huge milestones in my life. Some of my favorites were working at Madison Square Garden alongside NBA legends and superstars, and creating/directing the first 5K race held at Coca-Cola Park, home of of the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A Affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The 5K was creatively coined the iRUNpigs 5K & Piglet Run. My largest accomplishment thus far is developing the Living Sport program, providing young sport business professionals and seasoned mentors the opportunity to see the world through sport! 

Depicted below: (Left) Alicia and crew working a WNBA game at MSG (Right): The first annual iRUNpigs 5K hosted nearly 700 people.

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

One of the major goals of this program is to enrich the lives of our participants both personally and professionally. It is my hope that the London mentors and myself can inspire each and everyone on this trip. I hope to develop lifelong relationships with everyone and further grow the Living Sport family.

Depicted below: Alicia takes a pic during a dinner with two of Living Sport's 2017 Barcelona participants, Josh and Jon, that happen to be traveling through Alicia's town. These two participants did not know each other before the trip and have since become great friends!

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Favorite city or country you have visited?

Its a toss up between Amsterdam and Barcelona. 

Despicted below: Alicia and Shane as part of the Living Sport 2017 crew that worked the Red Hook Crit International Cycling Series


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

If the circus was hiring, I would be a great candidate... I can both juggle and make balloon animals! 

For a sport related fun fact: I live in one of the largest areas in the nation for competitve cycling where professional riders from all over the world come to town to train each summer. The last few summers my fiance and I have hosted athletes from Trinadad, South Africa, and New Zealand in our home.

Depicted below: Alicia and her fiance Bobby organized a baseball game to teach cyclists from New Zealand and South Africa how to play "America's Pastime". This was the first time many of them put on a mit or picked up a bat.

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

I attended Misericordia University for my undergrad degree in Marketing/Sport Mangagement and East Stroudsburg University for graduate studies, majoring in Sport Management.  It was in graduate school at ESU where I met our fellow London mentor Chasity Brown! I currently live in a small town right outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Lets get to know the LONDON 2018 team!

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 the sport industry?

Michael: Growing up, sports had always been an extremely important part of my life. They taught me a lot of the values and traits that I hold to this very day. When I was thinking about what I wanted to do with my life, I decided that I want to be a part of something I have a passion for. This ultimately led me to dive into the sports industry!

Allison: I have always loved playing sports since I was a kid. I love everything about sports, especially the competition, the athletic challenges, playing with others and the fun I have playing sports. I have played soccer, softball, swimming, lacrosse, dance and gymnastics. I was a member of my college cross country and track and field teams. After a recent injury, I realized I couldn’t participate in sports all the time, but I really enjoyed being with my teammates and supporting them as they competed. This experience, along with some of my classes, taught me how important it is for everyone to experience sports. I also enjoy helping others, so I thought working in the sports industry would be a perfect way for me to help others enjoy sports.

Depicted below: Allison and her teamates...Could you spot her?

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Jacob: I grew up playing sports every day, and I thought working in sports would let me be around the games even when I’m not on the field.

Matthew: I’ve always been interested in sports since I was a kid growing up.  My parents always made sure that m siblings and I were always involved in playing sports throughout the year.  I was never the greatest athlete when I participated but that just drove me to be more interested to sports.

Marcus: Sports has such a positive impact on the lives of those involved and seeing what sports can do to positively influence the lives of others is why I love this industry. My dad and my best friend have also inspired my desire to get into the industry. I talk sports with my best friend and my dad daily which has helped my love of sports.

Christina: Ever since I was younger my dad always took me to sporting events and I always enjoyed the atmosphere of a baseball game, football game, etc.


2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Michael: My favorite sport is football, and my favorite sports teams are the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs.

Allison: My favorite sports to play are soccer and lacrosse, but I like to attend baseball games and I like to watch college basketball, especially during March Madness. My favorite sports team is the New York Yankees!

Jacob: My Favorite Sport is baseball. My favorite teams are the Colorado Rockies, Denver, Broncos, and Colorado Avalanche.

Matthew: My favorite sport to watch is either track and field or college basketball.  Whenever a track and field event is on I always make sure that I stop what I’m doing and pay attention to the event.  I also like college basketball and have been a season ticket holder to LaSalle Men’s basketball ever since I graduated.  Although I also like the Philadelphia Sports teams and will always watch the Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers and Phillies whenever I can. 

Marcus: My favorite sport is football and my favorite sports teams are the Eagles, Sixers, Flyers, Union, and Phillies.

Christina: My favorite sport is baseball and my favorite sports team is the New York Mets.


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

Michael: I hope to go into sales after college, and hopefully moving up into another position after that either in marketing or event management.

Allison: I am still trying to figure out what I would like to do in the future, but I am confident that a position related to sports and helping others is a major goal for me. For example, I would love to be a middle school or high school coach, and I would also love to develop programs at organizations such as Special Olympics. 

Jacob: I want to sell tickets and promotional packages for a professional baseball team.

Matthew: I would like to be a coach in 5 years.  I have been a high school cross country coach for the past 4 seasons and would like to make it a fulltime job some day.

Marcus: I would like to take statistics for one of my favorite sports teams in Philadelphia. I have a passion for statistics in all sports and would love to work in statistics most of my professional career.

Christina: I would love to do promotions for a sports team or be a social media manager for a sports team as well.


4. What is your dream job?

Michael: My dream job would to eventually end up working in scouting for a team.

Allison: My dream job is to work with the Paralympics one day.

Jacob: To be the General Manager for the Boston Red Sox like Billy Bean in Money Ball.

Matthew: Even though I am a running coach, my dream job would be a college basketball coach.  I have always liked basketball even though I was never able to play competitively I still would like the chance to coach.

Marcus: My dream job is to be the general manager of a professional football or basketball team. Preferably one of my favorite teams in Philadelphia, but I believe I have the knowledge of college players and all of the NBA and NFL.

Christina: My dream job would to work for the MLB , especially the New York Mets and to work in their marketing department.


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

Michael: My unique trait would be my balance of multiple tasks. Over my life I have been working multiple jobs at a time and I have been efficient in doing so.

Allison: Some unique traits that I will bring to the London 2018 team is my enthusiasm, my responsibility and my hard work to make sure our assignments at the Royal Windsor Triathlon run smoothly.

Jacob: I can make just about anyone laugh.

Matthew: A unique trait that I bring to London would be that I am always willing to travel whenever and almost wherever.  The world is a big place with a lot to see and I would like to explore as much of it as I can.

Depicted below: Matt takes a visit to the Dublin, Ireland which is home to Guinness!



Marcus: I believe that I bring a lot of humor (in my opinion) and I bring event management experience. I have always gotten along with all of my coworkers in the sports industry and have had nothing but great experiences in working these events.

Christina: I am very open to trying new things and meeting new people.


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

Michael: In April, I had an opportunity to go on an executive trip to an Arizona Diamondbacks game, in which we had a round table with multiple executives as well as discussing multiple job opportunities.

Allison: So far, getting accepted into the London program is my biggest sport accomplishment. I am very excited!

Jacob: Probably getting this opportunity.

Matthew: My biggest sport business accomplishment so far was that I had the opportunity to run track in college.  Competing in any college sport is a business in itself in recruiting the best athlete’s schools coaches can to compete for them.  In successful sports schools it brings in more observers to watch the sport and more students who may want to attend the school and ultimately more money to the school.

Marcus: My biggest sport business accomplishment so far has been securing an ambassador job for the little league associated with the San Francisco Giants, or being selected as a sport supervisor for the Washington State University football and soccer teams, who are both consistently been ranked in the top #25 in the nation.

Christina: My biggest sport business accomplishment is getting the chance to be a part of this program. Even though I have not gone on the trip yet, I am excited to grow and learn more about  this field.


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

Michael: What I hope to gain out of this program is not only experience, but skills that I have not yet fully developed like networking and efficient teamwork in difficult tasks.

Allison: I hope to gain experience working in sports instead of being the participant. I hope to take the experience I gain to many other sport events, especially Triathlons. I am also looking forward to meeting others who are also interested in careers in sports.

Jacob: I hope to meet new people, gain knowledge, and better understand the sports world.

Matthew: Through the International Sport Business Program I hope to gain a better idea on the fundamentals within the business of sports.

Marcus: I hope to gain contacts in the competitive sports industry and ultimately have a great time touring a country I have never seen before. I look forward to being challenged with something I have never experienced before.

Christina: I hope I get to gain knowledge about working in sport business and also learn more about the culture on England.


8. Favorite city you have visited?

Michael: Costa Rica

Allison: My favorite city is Lake Tahoe. I went parasailing over the Lake, and it was so cool!

Jacob: IBoston, MA

Matthew: My favorite city that I visited was Cuzco Peru.  Cuzco is a region of Peru and is where Machu  Pichu is located.  Machu PIchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the World and is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been.  In Cuzco the food is great; I’ve never had food better anywhere else then in Cuzco.   My favorite country that I have visited is Ireland.  I have been to Ireland twice already most recently this past December for a college basketball tournament and earlier on for spring break my junior year of college.  Ireland is a beautiful country with a lot of history and a lot to do and best of yet, I have made friends every time I’ve went.

Depicted below: Matt poses in this breathtaking photo of Machu Pichu


Marcus: My favorite city that I have visited is Seattle.

Christina: Taipei, Taiwan


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

Michael: I play the guitar, piano, and drums.

Allison: Hobbies that I have are hiking and baking! I love to bake cupcakes. A fun fact about me is that I have a twin sister, and I also have older sisters who are twins!

Depicted below: Allison with her 3 sisters!



Jacob: I can name all the presidents forward and backward.

Matthew: A fun fact about me is that I have ran in and completed 3 marathons and ran College track at a Division I Level.

Marcus: I have played bass, electric, and acoustic guitar in a band.

Christina: I love going to concerts.


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

Michael: I recently just finished my junior year at the University of Arizona. I am a communications major with a minor in sports management, I reside in Tucson during the school year, and Chicago in the summer.

Allison: I currently am a rising junior at St. Lawrence University and I am majoring in Business and Psychology and minoring in Sports Studies and Exercise Science. I live in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

Jacob: I currently study Sports Management at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO

Matthew: I attended La Salle University where I majored in Nutrition.  I currently reside within the same house I was raised in, in King of Prussia, PA.

Marcus: I attend Washington State University with a major in sport management and a minor in communications.

Christina: Bowling Green State University. My major is communications. I am residing in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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!



Over the 130-year history of the university, we have created an environment where a close-knit community thrives.

Our campus is one of the most beautiful in the world with numerous teaching and study spaces, bars and cafés, high-quality accommodation, and sports facilities. All this is set in 135 acres of stunning parkland.

Most teaching and social activity takes place on campus and this is where most undergraduates live in their first year, with the exception of Kingswood Hall (just a mile away). It’s a friendly place, with a strong sense of community as new students soon become familiar faces.

Founder’s Building is one of the world’s most spectacular university buildings, and home to our famous Picture Gallery containing Thomas Holloway’s fine collection of Victorian paintings, and our beautiful chapel. It also houses a dining hall and library and provides a home for 500 students.


The campus is just 40 minutes by train from London and seven miles from Heathrow Airport, with many attractions, sporting and entertainment venues within easy reach.

Fancy some shopping in Oxford Street? A gentle meander down the River Thames? Or maybe a picnic in nearby Windsor Great Park?

Our campus is in the attractive village of Englefield Green, a ten-minute walk from the town of Egham, south west of London. With fast rail connections, it offers great day trips and easy access to both the capital, and some of the UK’s top sporting venues such as Wimbledon and Twickenham.  


The Founder's Building, which dominates the campus, has striking north and south towers and two large quadrangles and contains a chapel, kitchen and dining hall, lecture theatre and the arts library along with student rooms and offices. Founder's has often been the centre of media attention and is a popular filming location for TV and film as a grandiose 'university' or 'public school'. The Founder’s Building was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. It is now home to 500 students. Living Sport participants will call this hall their home for our trip! 

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Founder's Rooms to Include:

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  • Full Bed Linen & Pillow - You may want to pack a small throw blanket
  • Shared Toilet, handbasin,  and shower with basic toiletries and towels
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities are available in the shared kitchen
  • Wi-Fi
    • Free WiFi access to ‘CampusNet’, our high speed wireless internet service, is available across the entire campus. Each group is issued with a unique guest username and password which will allow you to register on the WiFi network and provide you with access for the duration of your stay. Although access is available across the campus, we do advise that you bring any essential documents or media with you in a hard or digital copy.
      • To connect, open an Internet Browser and follow the steps below:
        • Select CampusNet Wi-Fi network.
        • Two options - click on ‘Guest User’ option • Terms of Use - confirm your acceptance
        • Enter the User ID and Password (case sensitive) below:
          • User ID: LIVINGSPORT
          • Password: LIVINGSPORT2018
      • After 60 seconds, you will be asked to close down and open the browser again. You will only have to complete this registration process once for the duration of your stay. The same username and password will be required if accessing the internet in the bedrooms. Details are provided on the reverse of your key envelope. Please note that the access provided is standard internet; organisations would need to specify any specific nonstandard internet access in advance so we can support your requirements.


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