Welcome to the fourth and final edition of our Milan Newsletter!

September 29, 2018

We are just three days away from take-off to Milan! See below for important information, packing tips, and to meet more of your team.

Trip Checklist:

Time to start packing! Let this list walk you through everything you’ll need: Trip Checklist - Milan 2018

Download WhatsApp & Join Our Group: We will be using this app to communicate throughout the trip so be sure to download this ASAP. Use this link to join our group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/HCh7pCzcHS56zgmZ61vy56

IMPORTANT TRIP ITEMS you have now received:

Airline Ticket: Everyone should have now received their flight confirmation sheet. Carry this with you to the airport where you will print out your boarding pass.

Travel Insurance Policy: This has been sent to you from Trawick International.

Trip Information: Itinerary, lodging details, emergency contact information and other trip details are located in the Living Sport Milan Portal

Program Package: This package was mailed to you by USPS.

If you have not received any of these items, please reach out to us ASAP!


meet your mentor:

dylan hammon - ambassador program & alumni coordinator, LIVING SPORT

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Dylan Hammon is a recent graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachlor's Degree in Sport Leadership & Management. Throughout his collegiate career, Dylan engaged with the sport industry in multiple capacities including facility/event operations, marketing, and food & beverage. Hammon also worked as an equipment manager in the Miami University athletic department serving several teams and coaching staffs. Upon graduation, Hammon participated in the Living Sport London 2018 program, where he worked as a venue operations assistant at the Royal Windsor Triathlon and was selected as Co-MVP of the program by his peers. 

Residing in Cleveland, Dylan is also a member of the Cleveland Browns special event and fan engagement team. Although fresh into the professional world, Dylan's passion for the sport industry has impacted many of the lives around him as he strives to create a difference for those who look to follow a similiar path. His involvement with Living Sport will allow him to continue doing just that. 

WE ASKED dylan THE SAME QUESTIONS AS YOU!

1. What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Dylan: Growing up in a city like Columbus I was always around a sport atmosphere. I was a frequent attendee at Ohio State football and basketball games, and went to the occasional Blue Jackets hockey game and Clippers baseball game. When I finally came to college I decided that working in sports was where I saw myself 4 years later.

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2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Dylan: My favorite sport would have to be basketball. Without a doubt I love everything Ohio State and Cleveland sports.

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

Dylan: I would really enjoy an opportunity to work for Living Sport in any capacity. Additionally, I see myself performing some sort of community relations or development for an organization in Cleveland.

 

4. What is your dream job?

Dylan: My dream job would be the chance to direct programming for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, however I am always holding out hope to be a stay at home dad.

 

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

Dylan: As a former trip participant, I bring a unique perspective to the Living Sport team and the new participants. I have the ability to understand all the ins and outs of the program while sharing my trip experiences with everyone.

 

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

Dylan: Completing the Living Sport London program in June 2018 was a major accomplishment for me, and the opportunity to continue my involvement with Living Sport and the International Sport Business Program is very rewarding.

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

Dylan: I hope to use my dual perspective, as a former trip participant and now as a Living Sport team member, to make the most out of Milan. I have since been placed in the shoes of a mentor following our London excursion, and I look forward to seeing my growth as a professional in just a few months.

8. Favorite city you have visited?

Dylan: In the U.S., New Orleans is my favorite, and London was my first time out of the country.

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

Dylan: I was invited to attend an event this fall that featured Nick Chubb as he spoke about his expectations for his rookie season. I also had my half-second of fame on Hard Knocks while working for the Cleveland Browns.

 

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

Dylan: I graduated from Miami University in May 2014 with a degree in Sport Leadership & Management. I currently reside in Cleveland.


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

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Be sure to download the WhatsApp app ASAP and join our group with this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/HCh7pCzcHS56zgmZ61vy56
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

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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.”

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 is 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


Let’s CONTINUE TO get to know the Milan 2018 team!

At Living Sport, our goal is to enable our team members to create new friendships and connections that will help grow their professional network. Let’s meet a few more of our teammates.

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Sofia Mena

1. What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Sofia: The experience, the excitement. Sports have been in my blood — I have played sports all my life.

2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Sofia: Football, Miami Hurricanes

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

Sofia: Working for a football team in their Marketing Department.

 

4. What is your dream job?

Sofia: ESPN

 

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

Sofia: A unique train is that I have worked for all sports teams in my area.

 

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

Sofia: Working for the Miami Heat (basketball)

 

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

Sofia: I hope to gain international sports knowledge - learn more than I know.

8. Favorite city you have visited?

Sofia: New Orleans

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

Sofia:  I love going line dancing.

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

Sofia: Florida International University “FIU” - Sports Management; Minor in Sports Marketing. Live in Miami, FL.


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cal weisman

1. What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Cal: Sports have always been something inspiring in my life. I love the passion and energy surrounding the industry and I hope to continue engaging in roles and opportunities that allow me to explore all aspects of the industry.

2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Cal: My favorite sport is baseball and my favorite sports team is the Saint Louis Cardinals.

 

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

Cal: I would love to be working for a non profit organization in the sports industry within the marketing and communications department. 

4. What is your dream job?

Cal: I’m still searching for the answer to this million dollar question but a position where I could combine my passions of sports, non profit leadership and international management would be a dream.

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

Cal: I bring positive energy and enthusiasm to every environment I am introduced to. I also bring versatility and an outgoing personality to the team environment.

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

Cal: One experience particularly meaningful involved organizing for one of my personal heroes to speak to the student body at my university in October 2017. Teri Griege, a nationally recognized TED speaker, shared her inspirational story with a Bradley University gathered audience.

Teri completed the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 2011 after her diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer. She spoke to the audience about facing adversity and pursuing ones dreams despite life’s obstacles. With 400 students in attendance, including my parents in the front row, it was a humbling experience and a night I will always remember.

 

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

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Cal: I hope to gain a diverse network of connections and continue developing a broad work experience. I am excited to travel to Italy and make new friends along the way.

 

8. Favorite city you have visited?

Cal: Copenhagen

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

Cal: At a Saint Louis Cardinals game three years ago, I once caught three foul balls during the same game!

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

Cal: I am a senior at Bradley University where I major in Sports Communication and Business Management & Leadership. I am currently studying abroad for the fall semester in Copenhagen, Denmark through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad where I study European: Entrepanurship and Innovation.


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christian ordonez

1. What made you want to get into the sports industry?

Christian: After completing my second internship with Spectrum Sports I realized my purpose in life is helping ensure the growth and longevity of sports and media.

 

2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Christian: My favorite sports are basketball and football. I love the NY Giants but I don’t have a favorite team for basketball just a favorite player, Dwayne Wade!

 

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

Christian: In five years, I expect to be a professional Video Coordinator or Media Production Specialist for the NBA, NFL or NCAA.

 

4. What is your dream job?

Christian: A dream job of mine is becoming a Director or Producer for ESPN Films creating new content for their 30 for 30 documentary series.

 

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

Christian:  My ability to be a leader and bring people together to achieve a common goal. I also believe I have a unique eye for videography and can make a strong impact visually.

 

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

Christian: Completing my first Freelance contract with Synergy Sports Technology, I had the opportunity to create web-based, on-demand video-supported basketball analytics for the purposes of scouting, development and entertainment. I also had the chance to work with some of the top Division I coaches in the country and provide insight on the top high school prospects during the Adidas Gauntlet Tournament.

 

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

Christian: Meet people who have similar aspirations and goals in sports and take on the challenge of learning more about the business aspect of the sports industry.

8. Favorite city you have visited?

Christian: La Ceiba, Honduras.

 

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

Christian: My favorite hobby is planning trips and vacations with family or friends.

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

Christian: I attended SUNY Buffalo State and majored in Media Production. I currently reside in the Bronx, NY


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olivia goodwin

1. What made you want to get into THE sportS INDUSTRY?

Olivia: Grew up watching SportsCenter with my dad, learning and understanding different sports

 

2. Your favorite sport? Your favorite sport teams?

Olivia: My favorite sports are football and basketball. My favorite teams are the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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

Olivia: In the next 5 years, I hope I will continue to grow through the Legal/ HR department at the Mets.

 

4. What is your dream job?

Olivia: To be a GM of a team

 

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

Olivia: My diverse background within the sports industry

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

Olivia: Working for the NBA

 

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

Olivia: Learning more about the different aspects of the international sports business.

8. Favorite city you have visited?

Olivia: I love Miami!

 

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

Olivia: I was a prima ballerina and I have a weird photographic memory.

 

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

Olivia: I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Communications from Clemson University. Currently receiving my Masters from Georgetown. I currently reside in New Jersey.


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milan weather outlook

be sure to prepare for all types of weather! 

Fall in Milan is a great time to visit. High average temperatures drop into the mid-70s in September and then the 60s by October, giving visitors a hospitable climate to tour the city. After November, October sees the most precipitation out of the entire year, so arm yourself with an umbrella just in case!


Social Media:

We encourage you to document your trip on social media! Share your experience with the hashtags #iamlivingsport and #LivingMilan2018, and don’t forget to tag @iamlivingsport so we can follow along. From packing, to sightseeing, to meeting new friends — we’d love to see it all!