2014 University of Delaware Blog
Thursday, 25 September 2015
Mr. Faris Abdulla, Maldives, Athletics
It’s almost been a week since I’ve arrived at the University Delaware and I’ve learned so much from the lectures and presentations so far. The presentations given by the staff of the ICECP are wonderful. We’ve been given so much information on how to utilize the resources at the university. With 33 different nations participating in this program, it’s amazing how much I’ve learned and will learn from their experiences in different sports and cultures. Each and every one of them is unique and they are willing to share their knowledge to make a positive difference in this family of sports.
Today we did a session regarding injuries and how to prevent injuries when doing sport. Also, in the evening we had a wonderful session on how to prepare powerpoint presentations.
Mr. Yang Yu, United States, Table Tennis
"I am here telling you that if you participate the ICECP program, your brain will hurt so much because of an intense study schedule and a flood of knowledge.
However, you cannot miss the ICECP program, because you will be so excited and will appreciate how amazing the ideas and knowledge that you will learn from the speakers, professors and coaches from different countries.
I am tired and my brain hurts, but I enjoy it, love it and appreciate it."
Friday, 26 September 2014
Mr. Nigatu Worku Angasu, Ethiopia, Athletics
It has been a week since I joined the ICECP family. Since I have become a member of this family, I am feeling proud and honored, and this is why: I thought ICECP was just a course but it is not. It is creating individuals who seek and solve the problem and developing a family of 33 different countries who all work towards one goal- the improvement of sport.
I have learned today more than I ever had about sport. I now have knowledge about concussions and how to identify them, and how parents affect competitive athletes. Finally I had a very interesting pizza party among the ICECP family and University of Delaware students that made me fell like a part of a family.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Mr. Marcello Varriale, Brazil, Rowing
After a nice week of studying, discussion and some jet lag, Saturday was a day off to rest the mind and our weary our legs in NY! The day started early in the morning with a breakfast on the road. After arriving in the amazing city, we took a group photo in Rockefeller Center, then our international coaches were free to take advantage of what would be most interesting to your own taste. From the options menu, the Statue of Liberty, NBC Studios, Madame Tussaud's, the Empire States Building, Times Square and some time to rest in Central Park to enjoy the other options.
Discovering NY is an experience as intense as the size of this city and as diversified as the New Yorkers! After the sightseeing, we had time to focus on our ICECP projects for the beginning of next week! Thanks ICECP for that journey!
Mr. Abdul-Malik Mohammad, Nigeria, Taekwondo
ICECP is indeed enriching! It alters one’s previous mind set about coaching and restructures your approach to be more scientific and reality based. Coaching this way will undoubtedly lead to more fruitful, enduring athlete development.
Aside from the wonderful speakers, who have a magical way of imparting knowledge and their willingness to help us achieve our goal in coaching development in our countries, I can’t forget about the union with my family who are in the same 2014 ICECP course with me. They have been very wonderful.
ICECP spreads good ideas from across the globe to allow for a gateway to coaching development.
Mr. Anthony Benjamin, Grenada, Basketball
This ICECP experience is great so far. Learning about the latest trends and findings in sports and interacting with the other coaches has really opened up my mind towards making my sport and organization better in Grenada. The topics and other activities like the ice breaker, having the interaction with UD students, tour Of New York and shopping were well thought of and done. I am learning a whole lot and enjoying the experience so far.
Thanks to all who have made it possible for us to be here.
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Ms. Marilyn Chua, Malaysia, Swimming
It's been exactly a week since we arrived in Delaware and I can't believe how fast time flies when you're having fun. The classroom sessions have been interesting and interactive. It's comforting to know that even though we come from different countries and different sports, we share pretty much the same problems and experiences.
Just when I thought I was done with school 11 years ago, being at the University of Delaware brings me back to my college days- going to the cafeteria for meals, library for research, getting to class on time. But it's all worth it. It's only been a week but the knowledge I have gained is invaluable and I know the friendships I have made will last me a lifetime. I feel extremely honored, privileged and fortunate to be selected to be part of this program. It constantly reminds me of why I wanted to be a coach in the first place and how I can make a difference in the lives of my swimmers and my sport in Malaysia.
Monday, 29 September 2014
Ms. Maria Victoria Echavarria, Colombia, Archery
ICCEP is, as it is entitled, an enrichment program for me and also for my sport improvement and development. Although Colombian archery is recognized worldwide nowadays, there are some weaknesses to be solved. This course is giving us updated tools that we can use to become agents of change in our sports and why not, in our countries.
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Mr. Andris Eikens , Latvia, Athletics
It's my second week in the ICECP program. Tuesday's lecture theme was psychology. I'm getting a lot of great ideas, but it's hard sometimes to get this amount of knowledge in my head. All of the students are like one big family and the atmosphere is really nice. I am glad to be here to get this experience and be a part of the ICECP family.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Ms. Ivette Dixon, Cayman Islands, Judo
ICECP is the type of course that everyone should try to participate in. It’s a privilege that we have been chosen from different countries around the world with different languages, different cultures, and different idiosyncrasies, with the sole aim of lifting up the Olympic Spirit, to promote the love of sports and, above all, to create heroes that bring themselves above such adversities and obstacles to make their dreams come true with the help of a hardworking team that fights tirelessly to make all of this possible.
The first part at the University of Delaware, we received instructions and teachings of quality through trained professional’s teachers, but beyond that, we received the warmth of the event’s managers, who treated us like friends.
We have become one big family, from nights and days of rigorous studying, taking long walks, with practical and dynamic activities, with many jokes and long journeys on buses, and a spectacular visit to New York City. We still have three more weeks of hard work and a lot of hope to complete our goals and to be ready for ICECP 2014, “Super Heroes.”
Thrusday, 2 October 2014
Ms. Maria Cristina Galan de Durham, Dominican Republic, Fencing
I arrived in Delaware on September 21. My experience was great, starting with the meeting we had in the afternoon with students. I can say that the ICECP is a great family. Each one of the members is always willing to help. Also, sharing with all coaches from different countries and exchanging ideas is very special.
Another very important thing on my trip to NY was sharing it with my family.
All of the presentations by the representatives of ICECP provide important information for coaches, and everything we learned before the apprenticeship was interesting. I can say these have been two really great weeks.
I am spending one week in Portland, Oregon. I am watching and learning about my sport, fencing. At my arrival, Hector was there to pick up me in the airport. He is a nice person. Later we went to the house of the parents of one of his students to enjoy a good dinner. There were some coaches and one staff person named Carrie from the PDX Fencing Club. They are great. Later we met the other northwest fencing center coaches.
I think this part of my experience has been great!
Friday, 3 October 2014
Mr. Faris Abdulla, Maldives, Athletics
I've been here in Delaware for two weeks and this is probably one of the best experiences of my life. I've learned so much about other people’s cultures and I'm so glad I made new friends from all over the world. I'm very pleased how the ICECP program is running so far. I've learned so much useful things about coaching so and I can’t wait to go back to Macedonia and start the implementation of it. Today we had presentations about the ethics in sports and the grass roots development. We also did sponsorship presentations for a firm and it was very interesting. I can't wait to go on the apprenticeships to learn more about weightlifting.
Mr. Carlos Morais, Soccer, Cape Verde
It's been two weeks since we arrived in Delaware and I can't believe how fast time flies when you're having fun. The classroom sessions have been interesting and interactive. It's comforting to know that even though we come from different countries and different sports, we share pretty much the same problems and experiences.
But it's all worth it. It's only been two weeks but the knowledge I have gained is invaluable and I know the friendships I have made will last me a lifetime. I feel extremely honored, privileged and fortunate to have been selected to be part of this program. It constantly reminds me of why I wanted to be a coach in the first place and how I can make a difference in the lives of players and sport in Cape Verde.