Friday, January 13, 2012


Click on the LONDON PROJECT to view pictures and learn more! Several students donated volunteer service to the Olympic Reunion Center and the African Village. The London Humanitarian program supported the mission of the World Olympian Association and will become a focal point for future TU Olympic Academic programs including Rio de Jenario in 2016. Click on the PARTICIPANT page to check out the links for students who created websites to journal their experiences at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


The Olympic Academic Experience is a program coordinated by Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Tiffin University in collaboration with Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin, President of the Sierra Leone Olympians Association. 
The program includes a study of the organization, supervision, and management of international sport venues and elite competition staged in an Olympic Host City. An academic hybrid-style course carrying 3-credit hours provides a broad understanding the historical, organizational, philosophical, ethical, and economic influences on the Modern Olympic Games with a special focus on current issues. Students examine the structure of the International Olympic Committee, National Governing Bodies, Host Site Organizing Committees, and the individual sport federations while maintaining a daily journal of their experience.  Sixteen students and four fellows (professional educators) participated in the 2012 London Experience which included a new humanitarian program in conjunction with the World Olympian Association.  The TU contingency, former Olympians, and children from some of the most impoverished areas of the Host City met for a day of Olympic style sport competition, trivia contests, dinner, and a medal ceremony.  The Olympic Academic Experience has also taken place in Athens, Greece (2004) and Beijing, China (2008). 

Time Line

Below is an approximate time line for applying and participating in the TU Olympic Academic Experience in London 2012. The registrtion process to be an official volunteer has closed.
  • July 25 - Depart for London from Toledo/Chicago, & Newark
  • July 26 - Arrival, CoSport, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Torch Relay Concert
  • July 27 - Lords Cricket Grounds (Archery), Stratford Station - Opening Ceremony
  • July 28-29 - Free to Attend Games or Travel Europe Railways
  • July 30 - A Humanitarian day of Giving - Olympic Reunion Center - TBD (Westfield?)
  • July 31-Aug 5 - Free to Attend Games or Travel Europe Railways
  • August 6, 2012 - Depart London for USA
  • August 12, 2012 - Closing Ceremonies
  • August 19, 2012 - All Academic Assignments due

Accommodations & Transportation

In Greece, the TU Olympic group "camped" on a villa rooftop in Pallini overlooking the Aegean Sea. In China, the group resided at the Asia Pacific School of Beijing Normal University. In England, participants will stay at the a hostel located in central London. Ground transportation (r.t.) from the airport and hostel will be provided.

Participants will reside in bunk beds and will have access to daily complimentary continental breakfast, storage for luggage, lockers, laundry room, 24-hour reception, lounge, Wi-Fi access, secure key card access...and much more. The King's Cross underground Eurostar Terminal Train station featured in Harry Potter books is only a two minute walk.

Program Cost

USA Students: $4800
International Students, Alumni, Fellows: $3800

Payment will include airfare (between a central hub in the mid-west (USA) and London, England). Also included are accommodations in a central London hostel, daily continental breakfast, airport transportation, selected tours, tuition for MGT390 (undergraduate) or MGT690 (graduate), and transcript fees. The price difference reflects that international students will not be provided airfare and fellows / alumni will not pay tuition.

ALL participants are responsible for securing their own tickets to attend events. Tickets can be purchased through the website and costs (not including opening/closing ceremonies) typically range from US $40-$400. The Torch Run, Cycling, and Road Racing are free events. Participants who apply and are accepted as official volunteers of the London Olympic Games will have access (limited) to almost every event!

Deposits will be held until contracts are signed/accepted. Checks should be made payable to Tiffin University Olympics and sent to the attention of Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Tiffin University * 155 Miami St * Tiffin,, OH 44883 * USA. Credit card information will be accepted.