Beginning next weekend (March 1-9), twelve Sport and Entertainment Management students and I will be in London, visiting famous sports sites (Wimbledon, Olympic sites, Chelsea FC, etc.) and reporting back to you on our adventures. We will be learning about the system of sport in the UK, which is so different from our American system. Just as one example, there is no big-time collegiate sports program in British universities, such as we have here in America.We will be attending a Chelsea football (soccer to you Yanks) and a professional rugby match as well. To top it off, we will attend the Marylbone Cricket Academy, where we will be taught how to play cricket.
The students who will be joining me are Jeffrey DeSalvo, Mike DiOssi, Josh Schleifer, Josh Ladowitz, Briana King, Andy Attach, Maria Tivoli, Charles Graham, Basil Goodwin, Jacqueline McAllister, Bethany Lang and Rosie Kays. The trip has been arranged through our International Studies Office and Scott Keller, with Sports Travel Academy and Craig Douglass. A big “Thanks” are due to Scott and Craig for their expert assistance in making this happen.
Students and faculty from Neumann’s English Department and Athletic Training program are also traveling along, but they will have a different set of experiences to enjoy while abroad. They will have their own story to tell, although we will all be sharing some activities together.
The group is tremendously excited to begin our odyssey, and have met several times in preparation for the trip. As part of the requirements for gaining academic credit for the trip, the students are required to keep a daily log of their activities and insights, take a turn at providing the daily blog for our group, write a final paper about their trip, and make presentations to other Sport and Entertainment Management classes about their experiences.
I’m certain that this will be one of the most memorable experiences in the young lives of our students, and I am looking forward to sharing this time with them. Wheels up at 6:25 PM on March 1…the next time you hear from me we’ll be “across the pond”.
Bob Bunnell, DirectorSport and Entertainment Management Program
March 3, 2013
We arrived safely Saturday morning, and found our way to our hotel without trouble. The trouble we have encountered is with our blogging. We had two students blog last night (Saturday), and two more tonight (Sunday), but have had difficulty in getting their blogs posted. I will contact our Neumann expert, and figure out a way to get their blogs added to these postings tomorrow. We’ve had a lot of fun so far, watching pro football (soccer) and rugby matches, and doing a lot of sightseeing. I won’t say anymore for now, and let our students speak for themselves.
Hopefully, you cangetcaught up with their observations tomorrow. Until then, from a very chilly London,