June 18, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University soccer student-athletes will be checking in with OhioBobcats.com throughout the summer to update Bobcat Nation on their lives. Junior midfielder Brieanna Charlebois (London, Ontario) continues the summer blog series.
Charlebois has appeared in 26 career games for the Bobcats over the last two seasons, logging 419 minutes of action.
A Journalism-Strategic Communication major, Charlebois is taking part in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism's Brazil Bobcats program, which is an exclusive partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation that has afforded seven Ohio students the opportunity to cover the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The seven students in Brazil are working directly with the U.S. Soccer Federation in support of the U.S. Men's National Team. This is the first time the U.S. Soccer Federation has partnered with any university in the country to have students provide all forms of communication and media-related services to the Federation during the World Cup as it administers and manages the national team's participation in this global event.
As part of the agreement, the U.S. Soccer Federation provided training in the U.S. prior to the event, tickets to all first-round World Cup matches in which the U.S. participates and access to chartered air travel within Brazil during the tournament. Students were responsible for travel to and from Brazil, lodging, meals, U.S. visas and Ohio University Study Abroad fees.
To stay updated on the group's experience in Brazil, visit the program's official website.
Brieanna Charlebois' Blog Entry
On May 30th, the group of Bobcat reporters chosen by the U.S. Soccer Federation traveled to New Jersey to aid in coverage for the U.S. Men's National Team's friendly match against Turkey on June 1st. This group included a group of seven: a photojournalist, a videographer, two writers, a sports management assistant and two public relations assistants -- one of which was myself!
My life for the past month has been dedicated to working out in preparation for preseason and participating in a few scrimmages with my club team, as well as preparing to go to Brazil in order to cover the World Cup with the U.S. team, which is ironic because I am a Canadian!
My few days spent in and around New Jersey were eventful to say the least! Early the morning of the 31st, we reported to Red Bull Arena to watch the USA team practice and to meet people we would be working with over the following month in Brazil. It was interesting watching the practice and having a behind-the-scenes look at the effort and dedication it takes to be a player at such a level. After the practice, a few of the players and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann signed autographs. The Turkish team held a press conference later Saturday. However, the USA team had already had a ton of media coverage the day before.
Because media availability was limited on Saturday, we got the afternoon and evening off. The seven of us decided to take a trip into New York City, which was only 15 minutes away from our hotel. This became an adventure. We drove into the city and took awhile to find parking, which was harder than it probably should have been. We then bought a subway pass and did a quick tour of the city. We saw Ground Zero, Central Park and Times Square. I had never been before, and being the huge movie buff that I am, I made a couple movie references -- maybe a few too many because by the end of the day, the group told me I watch too much TV. Oops! After eating dinner in Times Square, it was late, so we took the subway back to the car. It was much faster leaving the city at 11:30 p.m. than earlier that afternoon.
The next day was game day, so we arrived to the arena around 9 a.m. The game was to kick off at 2 p.m. so we had to report for a press meeting and then were scheduled to watch/cover the game. I have seen the Canadian women's team play against the USA women's team, but I had never seen a men's international game. I was able to watch from the press box, and the game was very exciting. Let me tell you, having an all-access pass was not bad AT ALL! I actually got to watch part of the second half beside the bench. The end result of the game was USA 2, Turkey 1. After the game, I helped manage the media groups and set up for the post-game press conference.
With the trip to Brazil approaching fast, we had to also make a trip to Washington D.C. to collect the passports for the rest of the group from the Brazilian Embassy (mine, of course, was in Toronto being processed). I therefore took this opportunity to become an honorary American. We arrived in D.C. at 11:30 p.m. and were scheduled to leave the following morning, so a few of us decided to do a night trip to check out the White House, Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial! This was an experience. The city was beautiful at night.
New Jersey was definitely an experience, and a taste for what to expect once we arrived in Sao Paulo! Traveling to training and games, covering the events and staying in the media hotel, I am bound to gain an exponential amount of job and life experience! Keeping up with my Ohio soccer workouts will be difficult, but preseason is approaching, and I will have to maintain my fitness. Being surrounded by soccer probably won't hurt much, either. Basically, for the next few months I will eat, sleep and breathe soccer!
My official position for the World Cup is Assistant Media Manager for the U.S. Soccer Federation, and, now that I have officially left, I am ecstatic about the opportunity and can't wait to share it with all of you when I return!
- Brie #27 #BrazilBound #2Percent
2014 Ohio Soccer Summer Blog Series Archive
Entry 1: Rachel Fryan
Entry 2: Gabby Hausfeld