Welcome to the 5th edition of our London Newsletter!
June 10, 2018
We are 1 day 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.
Don't leave home with out your passport!!!!
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!
A blog written by London mentor, shane baglini
In April 2017, Alicia Marinelli approached me and asked that I consider being a mentor on her inaugural trip through her newly formed company, Living Sport. The trip would be 8 days 7 nights in Barcelona, Spain. It took me less than 30 seconds to say yes. I had planned to go with Alicia to Milan, Italy later that year, but I guess I could sacrifice and settle for Barcelona to help a friend (*wink, wink*).
As a mentor, I’d be passing along my sport industry knowledge to 22 young and eager college students/graduates, most of which were Sport Management majors. We’d be working at the Red Hook Crit: Barcelona, a cycling event. What a great way for me to stay connected and help young people succeed in whatever small way I could, I thought.
Not really knowing what to expect from the group, I went in with an open mind but tempered expectations. Millennials, and whatever we’re branding the even younger generation, get a bad rap. I’m a millennial, technically, I think. Who knows? People say we’re lazy, entitled, don’t want to work hard, blah, blah, blah. Those stereotypes can alter your opinion of a group before even meeting or interacting with them. As this group arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport that Monday morning, I greeted each of them one by one, learned a bit about their background, where they were from, etc. I introduced them to the collective group, and they were immediately welcomed by all. I knew this was a good group.
Not knowing much about each person (despite Alicia’s detailed profiles that I merely skimmed, sorry Alicia) the student that stood out right away was Amairani Ramirez. Amairani, a Houston native, had flown to New York to pursue her dreams and goals while her hometown was under water due to Hurricane Harvey, and would be for some time. When we arrived in Spain, “Roni” as we came to call her, was our early trip MVP, as she was fluent in Spanish which allowed us to communicate with staff and locals. After one of the worst natural disasters in the history of our country, and flying hours to get to JFK, and flying MORE hours to get to Spain, Roni was willing to help at every turn. What was that about millennials being entitled and lazy? Roni was certainly not the only student that stood out. All 22 of them stood out in their own way.
As I got to know each one of these students throughout the course of the week, my faith in the next generation was restored tenfold. A group of 22 students, most of them strangers, from a generation glued to their cell phones at all times, quickly formed bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime. Strangers now friends, 22 kids in a group chat who had known each other for 3 days, now attending each other’s homecomings at college. Throughout the week not one of them got in any kind of trouble. Not one of them was late for a meeting, bus trip, dinner, assignment or anything else. Not one of them complained about working long hours, or being assigned multiple tasks. They were only worried about soaking up as much of the experience as they could. They did eat at Barcelona’s version McDonald’s several times, so they weren’t perfect…
They worked in the sun for what seemed like 24 hours on Friday. On race day they worked from about 7:00am to 11:00pm. They were exhausted but still cleaning up even when we told them they could stop. Erin Dorsey and Jess Garcia dragging pounds of banners to the dumpster at 11:00pm. Elias Riginos hurdling barriers and sprinting across the center of the track to fix branding that had fallen off. Ross Campbell pumping his fist in excitement as he fitted the last of dozens of go-pro cameras he fitted to bikes throughout the day as the men’s final of the Red Hook Criterium was ready to start. The entire crowd and field of riders, and race director stared at Ross as he worked. But he got the job done.
All 22 of them taking such pride in their work, that when we arrived the morning of the race to see the majority of the course’s barriers blown over by wind, without hesitation they began fixing it, and providing solutions to prevent the problem again.
I’ll ask again, what was that about millennials being lazy and not wanting to work hard?
If you’re one of the people with this mindset, and think the generation coming up is any of the stereotypes I’ve listed above, I’ve got 22 names that prove you wrong.
Jessica Garcia, Mike Wasco, Josh Clarke, Alyssa Riker, Eran Hami, Chelsie Bingham, Connor Herlihy, Jessica Guzman, Amairani Ramirez, Grant Gittins, Ross Campbell, Mary Sinnot, Jon Kleiner, Nora Wade, Erin Dorsey, Samantha Clark, John Surrette, Caitlyn Schiano, Matt Reynolds, Elias Riginos, Wes Trask, and Dean May.
If you’ve ever said the phrase “millennials are the worst generation ever,” you don’t know the right millennials.
As I prepare to go on my second trip as part of Living Sport, this time to London to work at the Royal Windsor Triathlon, my expectations aren’t as tempered. This group, like the Barcelona group, is filled with eager young professionals looking to make their mark in an industry that is not for the faint of heart.
I doubt I’ll see anything but the same work ethic and willingness to learn and grow. Outside of the sights and history of London, and the experience of the Royal Windsor Triathlon, I’m most looking forward to seeing another group of 20+ students form lifelong friendships through sport.
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.
*Maurice's answers were not available
1. What made you want to get into the sport industry?
Ashley: The passion that makes sports, from the athletes to the loyal fans! I love the pace of the games, the atmosphere in arenas and stadiums, and I love the unity that sports provide.
Darius: I have always played sports throughout my life and I never wanted to give it up so I decided to learn about the industry and keep it going.
Loren: Growing up I was never really athletic, but I was always intrigued by sports. I love the emotion that comes with the game and I want everyone else to experience the same happiness that I do when they watch their favorite team play.
2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?
Ashley: My favorite sport is hockey and my favorite team is the Nashville Predators
Darius: My favorite sports are Football and Basketball. My favorite NFL team is the Baltimore Ravens but I like every other Philadelphia team besides the Eagles.
Loren: Absolute favorite sport is hockey, the second is a slot shared by baseball and volleyball. My favorite hockey teams are the Dallas Stars and the Anaheim Ducks. Baseball: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the San Francisco Giants. Volleyball: I like watching national teams.
3. What job would you like to have in the next five years?
Ashley: Working as a marketing coordinator for a sports team.
Darius: Five years from now I would like to be a head coach for a sports team.
Loren: In 5 years I would love to be some kind of representative for the Preds, either in community, fan, or player relations
4. What is your dream job?
Ashley: Vice president of marketing or event management for a sports team/company in Japan.
Darius: My goal is to become a General Manager in sport, but my dream job is to either own my own team or league in sports.
Loren: My dream job would be to manage the Preds Foundation, a non-profit organization that gives back to the Nashville community alongside the Preds Personnel and Players.
5. What is a unique trait you bring to the London team?
Ashley: Probably my flexibility towards situations I’m in? I’m able to adapt quickly to situations that arise, I tend to over plan for things. Also, my hospitality towards people.
Darius: Versatility is a unique trait that I possess. I played three sports in high school and I worked around almost every major sport in the United States.
Loren: My ability to work well with others, along with my responsibility and organization I think will be a great asset to the London team.
6. What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far?
Ashley: Working the American Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, and help create commercials for it. That or being on a sports radio show a couple of times.
Darius: I haven’t yet set any big goals for myself thus far, but my biggest sport business accomplishment so far has been obtaining multiple internships while in school as well as finishing school.
Loren: Marketing for the Lipscomb University Mens Basketball Team their first year to make it to the NCAA Tournament.
7. What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program?
Ashley: International Experience, mainly, I want to work overseas at some point in my life. I also want to network with the people I meet and have the pleasure to work with on this trip.
Darius: As I go through this program, I want to expand my network, land a job opportunity, and explore the city of London to see if I would live there permanently.
Loren: I am very excited about gaining experience in the sports industry, but I am most excited about the connections I will get to make. I have quickly learned that a career in sports is hard to come by, unless you have someone who can help you get there.
8. Favorite city you have visited?
Ashley: I have to say my parents’ home country, Mexico, is my favorite. Mexico is the country I always support during international tournaments.
Darius: My favorite cities to visit are Philadelphia and New York City
Loren: My favorite city I have visited would have to be Toronto. The town is not only beautiful, but also full of hockey history.
9. Tell us about hobby, fun fact, or hidden talent you have.
Ashley: I am currently trying to learn two languages at once: Japanese and Mandarin.
Darius: I have never been outside the country.
Loren: If you haven’t guessed it already, I really love the Preds, so I spend most of my time at Bridgestone Arena either watching the games or volunteering at their events.
10. What college/university do you attend? Where do you reside now?
Ashley: I attended Full Sail University, and I majored in Sports Marketing and Media. I currently reside in Georgia!
Darius: Delaware State University, Major: Sport Management, Residence: South Jersey
Loren: I am currently a Sports Management major at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Making sure you pack everything you need
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PACKING TIPS & CHECKLIST
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
- Travel Documents/reservation itinerary – This will be distributed to you
- Credit or ATM Cards/Cash
· Delta Airlines 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: 45 linear inches including handles and wheels (approximately 22" x 14" x 9" or 56 x 35 x 23 cm).
· Delta rules state that your 1st checked baggage (Under 50 lbs.) is free. Additional fees will be charged for bags weighing 51 to 70 lbs. Checked baggage should not measure greater than 62”, when you total the length, width, and height of your suitcase. Baggage over this amount will be charged additional fees. The airline does not accept checked bags over 126”.
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.
Delta Carry on Details:
- 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.
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, contact solution, etc.) – Be sure items are within travel guidelines
- Shower towel
- Light throw blanket for bed (if you usually get cold)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and aloe – VERY IMPORTANT
- Bug spray– VERY IMPORTANT as mosquitos/bugs can irritate travelers
- Light raincoat/Compact umbrella – Weather changes all the time and it does rain here!
- Cellphone/electronics chargers - Check your cell-phone’s roaming charges when leaving the U.S. You should call your carrier and talk about the best option for you.
- AT&T Info:
- Verizon Info:
- Also read these tips that you should know while traveling: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/phones-tech
- Electric converters/adapters or multiple plug outlet: When traveling you will need an outlet converter to charge your phone, use a hair dryer, etc. The link below is a converter at a great price (must order online, not available in stores).
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. In June average low temperatures hover around 56 degree Fahrenheit while the average high climbs to about 70 degrees. Although London gets just a little over an inch of rain during each month, rainfall is spontaneous so be prepared.
- 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 are discouraged.
- Sneakers are a must for work days and sightseeing days
- Work uniform for event: Khacki shorts/pants, sneakers, and staff shirt that will be distributed to you. T-shirt and gym shorts/pants will be needed for event setup days.
- It can get chilly once the sun goes down, so be sure to pack a long-sleeve and/or sweatshirt 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
- Packing a rain poncho is a smart idea. We will be working rain or shine.
- 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!
· Our favorite website: 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.
· As soon as we touch down at the airport, you will have the opportunity to exchange money. You will have multiple times throughout the trip to do so.
Skills Workshop Sessions:
· Just like any business meeting, be sure to arrive on-time with a pen and a notepad
· Bring three (3) copies of your most recent resume/cover letter for the one on one sessions
· Business cards are a fantastic idea
Weather Forcast for Windsor (location of our event, 7 Miles from University)
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!
SEE EVERYONE ON MONDAY! WE CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE INCREDIBLE MEMORIES!