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Program #16791RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 2 — Mar 7, 2014

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Type: Inn

Description: Nestled on the historic campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center combines state-of-the-art facilities with congenial, comfortable surroundings. Located in Glendale, one of Arizona’s fastest growing cities, The Inn is 25 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 14 miles from Camelback Ranch (Los Angeles Dodgers home stadium), and 4 miles from Peoria Sports Complex (Seattle Mariners home stadium). Guests also enjoy close proximity to a wide variety of local attractions, including Historic Downtown Glendale, renowned special events and festivals, one-of-a-kind museums and a growing lineup of professional sports Additionally, guests receive complimentary use of YMCA located at 14711 N 59th Ave.

Contact info:
15249 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306 USA
phone: 866-865-7091
web: www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com/

Room amenities: The Thunderbird Executive Inn offers 134 rooms designed to make your stay relaxing and worry-free. Coffee makers, mini-refrigerators and hair dryers offer the comforts of home; while computer ports, FREE high-speed Wi-Fi access and private phone service with voice mail add the convenience of the office. Rooms also feature free local calls, work desks, irons and ironing boards, complimentary toiletries, cable television and electronic card-key entry systems.

Facility amenities: 24 Hour Front Desk, Same-day laundry service, Safe deposit boxes, Business Center, Free Daily Newspapers in Front Lobby, Recreational Lounge, Complimentary Coffee/Tea/Sodas/Bottled Water/Snacks, Dining Hall and Pub, Swimming pool, fitness facility, sand volley ball court, basketball, “soccer” field, tennis courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Current hotel rate.
Contact the front desk and mention you are staying with a Road Scholar program to receive the best rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 02 - Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM adjacent to the hotel lobby. Hotel rooms available after 3:00 PM, early arrivals will only be able to get rooms if they call ahead and pre-arrange. Please note, this itinerary is TENTATIVE and schedules are subject to change. If a game is rained out, while very unlikely, there is no refund but an alternative activity will be presented.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in a private meeting space at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option.

Evening: Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will direct a program orientation, review the weekly schedule and lead group introductions after dinner in the meeting room. Get prepared for the exciting week ahead and meet your fellow participants

Lodging: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Nestled on the historic campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center combines state-of-the-art facilities with congenial, comfortable surroundings. Located in Glendale, one of Arizona’s fastest growing cities, The Inn is 25 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 14 miles from Camelback Ranch (Los Angeles Dodgers home stadium), and 4 miles from Peoria Sports Complex (Seattle Mariners home stadium). Guests also enjoy close proximity to a wide variety of local attractions, including Historic Downtown Glendale, renowned special events and festivals, one-of-a-kind museums and a growing lineup of professional sports Additionally, guests receive complimentary use of YMCA located at 14711 N 59th Ave.

Contact info:
15249 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306 USA
phone: 866-865-7091
web: www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com/

Room amenities: The Thunderbird Executive Inn offers 134 rooms designed to make your stay relaxing and worry-free. Coffee makers, mini-refrigerators and hair dryers offer the comforts of home; while computer ports, FREE high-speed Wi-Fi access and private phone service with voice mail add the convenience of the office. Rooms also feature free local calls, work desks, irons and ironing boards, complimentary toiletries, cable television and electronic card-key entry systems.

Facility amenities: 24 Hour Front Desk, Same-day laundry service, Safe deposit boxes, Business Center, Free Daily Newspapers in Front Lobby, Recreational Lounge, Complimentary Coffee/Tea/Sodas/Bottled Water/Snacks, Dining Hall and Pub, Swimming pool, fitness facility, sand volley ball court, basketball, “soccer” field, tennis courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Current hotel rate.
Contact the front desk and mention you are staying with a Road Scholar program to receive the best rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 03 - History of the game/Game 1
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet to include various items such as whole fruit, oatmeal, toast, eggs and bacon, coffee, juice, tea, etc.

Morning: Throughout this program you will meet wonderful baseball personalities who have intimate and often long histories with the game. We start the program with a presentation from Jerry Kindall, a baseball "lifer" with 56 consecutive years in the game beginning as a College All American, through 8 years as a major league infielder with the Cubs, Indians, and Twins, and 30 years as a college coach including 3 NCAA College World Series Championships. Jerry is a baseball historian who will discuss the history, legends, and charm of the game.

Following our presentation, we will transport over to Phoenix Stadium for our first game. Participants should have all their items ready for the game when they come to the morning presentation.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.

Afternoon: Game 1! Typically games begin at 1:00PM. Today's game will have the Dodgers playing the Oakland A's.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in a private meeting room at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option.

Evening: Baseball is a game of tradition and one of the ways we hold on to that tradition is by collecting memorabilia. Meet David Sedlmeier, the co-owner of "The Batter's Box", the oldest baseball card shop in the Phx. area (31 years). David is a wealth of information and we will discuss and learn the memorabilia trade and what makes baseball so unique in this field. IF YOU HAVE SOME SPECIAL MEMORABILIA (NOTHING LARGE OR CUMBERSOME TO BRING WITH YOU ON A PLANE), BRING IT WITH YOU TO SHARE WITH DAVID AND THE GROUP DURING CLASS.)

Lodging: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Nestled on the historic campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center combines state-of-the-art facilities with congenial, comfortable surroundings. Located in Glendale, one of Arizona’s fastest growing cities, The Inn is 25 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 14 miles from Camelback Ranch (Los Angeles Dodgers home stadium), and 4 miles from Peoria Sports Complex (Seattle Mariners home stadium). Guests also enjoy close proximity to a wide variety of local attractions, including Historic Downtown Glendale, renowned special events and festivals, one-of-a-kind museums and a growing lineup of professional sports Additionally, guests receive complimentary use of YMCA located at 14711 N 59th Ave.

Contact info:
15249 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306 USA
phone: 866-865-7091
web: www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com/

Room amenities: The Thunderbird Executive Inn offers 134 rooms designed to make your stay relaxing and worry-free. Coffee makers, mini-refrigerators and hair dryers offer the comforts of home; while computer ports, FREE high-speed Wi-Fi access and private phone service with voice mail add the convenience of the office. Rooms also feature free local calls, work desks, irons and ironing boards, complimentary toiletries, cable television and electronic card-key entry systems.

Facility amenities: 24 Hour Front Desk, Same-day laundry service, Safe deposit boxes, Business Center, Free Daily Newspapers in Front Lobby, Recreational Lounge, Complimentary Coffee/Tea/Sodas/Bottled Water/Snacks, Dining Hall and Pub, Swimming pool, fitness facility, sand volley ball court, basketball, “soccer” field, tennis courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Current hotel rate.
Contact the front desk and mention you are staying with a Road Scholar program to receive the best rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 04 - AZ Diamondbacks Organist/Game 2/Official Scoring
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Meet Bobby Freeman, longtime organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Enjoy a performance and sing-a-long of some ballpark classics and laugh as Bobby shares his personal story and favorite moments. When the Diamondbacks rallied to take the 2001 world series from the Yankees in seven games could it be that Bobby was the catalyst?

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game

Afternoon: Game 2! Today we get to see the Dodgers take on the Mariners at Camelback Ranch Stadium.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in a private meeting room at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option.

Evening: Official scoring and legends of baseball. By the end of this presentation you will have learned that there is much more to scoring than you could have imagined with repercussions far from insignificant.

Lodging: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Nestled on the historic campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center combines state-of-the-art facilities with congenial, comfortable surroundings. Located in Glendale, one of Arizona’s fastest growing cities, The Inn is 25 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 14 miles from Camelback Ranch (Los Angeles Dodgers home stadium), and 4 miles from Peoria Sports Complex (Seattle Mariners home stadium). Guests also enjoy close proximity to a wide variety of local attractions, including Historic Downtown Glendale, renowned special events and festivals, one-of-a-kind museums and a growing lineup of professional sports Additionally, guests receive complimentary use of YMCA located at 14711 N 59th Ave.

Contact info:
15249 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306 USA
phone: 866-865-7091
web: www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com/

Room amenities: The Thunderbird Executive Inn offers 134 rooms designed to make your stay relaxing and worry-free. Coffee makers, mini-refrigerators and hair dryers offer the comforts of home; while computer ports, FREE high-speed Wi-Fi access and private phone service with voice mail add the convenience of the office. Rooms also feature free local calls, work desks, irons and ironing boards, complimentary toiletries, cable television and electronic card-key entry systems.

Facility amenities: 24 Hour Front Desk, Same-day laundry service, Safe deposit boxes, Business Center, Free Daily Newspapers in Front Lobby, Recreational Lounge, Complimentary Coffee/Tea/Sodas/Bottled Water/Snacks, Dining Hall and Pub, Swimming pool, fitness facility, sand volley ball court, basketball, “soccer” field, tennis courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Current hotel rate.
Contact the front desk and mention you are staying with a Road Scholar program to receive the best rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 05 - Baseball from a Writer's perspective/Game 3
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a presentation from Charlie Vascellaro. Charlie gave his first Road Scholar program in 2004 and has been a regular component ever since. Charlie will delight you with his "Tales of the Cactus League," an historical documentary slide show chronicling the history of spring training in Arizona and Charlie's own experience moving to Arizona from New York as a teenager and how discovering the Cactus League changed his life and led to a career as baseball and travel writer. Part history and part personal narrative Charlie shares his experiences and stories as a baseball writer and his inside perspective of the game

Lunch: As tonight we have a night game, lunch will be served at the hotel following our presentation.

Afternoon: Enjoy a baseball themed presentation.

In the late afternoon we will transport to Goodyear Stadium.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.

Evening: Game 3 will see the Dodgers take on the Cincinnati Reds.

Lodging: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: Nestled on the historic campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center combines state-of-the-art facilities with congenial, comfortable surroundings. Located in Glendale, one of Arizona’s fastest growing cities, The Inn is 25 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 14 miles from Camelback Ranch (Los Angeles Dodgers home stadium), and 4 miles from Peoria Sports Complex (Seattle Mariners home stadium). Guests also enjoy close proximity to a wide variety of local attractions, including Historic Downtown Glendale, renowned special events and festivals, one-of-a-kind museums and a growing lineup of professional sports Additionally, guests receive complimentary use of YMCA located at 14711 N 59th Ave.

Contact info:
15249 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306 USA
phone: 866-865-7091
web: www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com/

Room amenities: The Thunderbird Executive Inn offers 134 rooms designed to make your stay relaxing and worry-free. Coffee makers, mini-refrigerators and hair dryers offer the comforts of home; while computer ports, FREE high-speed Wi-Fi access and private phone service with voice mail add the convenience of the office. Rooms also feature free local calls, work desks, irons and ironing boards, complimentary toiletries, cable television and electronic card-key entry systems.

Facility amenities: 24 Hour Front Desk, Same-day laundry service, Safe deposit boxes, Business Center, Free Daily Newspapers in Front Lobby, Recreational Lounge, Complimentary Coffee/Tea/Sodas/Bottled Water/Snacks, Dining Hall and Pub, Swimming pool, fitness facility, sand volley ball court, basketball, “soccer” field, tennis courts.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Current hotel rate.
Contact the front desk and mention you are staying with a Road Scholar program to receive the best rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 06 - Chase Stadium Tour/Game 4/"A League Of Their Own"
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel..

Morning: A special tour of the state-of-the art Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Stadium offers an opportunity to explore the dugout, locker room and museum at the ball field. Built in 1998, Chase field is a technologocal marvel with its retractable roof and 1,300,000 square feet of space. Go behind the scenes where the managers, players, and reporters go about their business.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.

Afternoon: Game 4! Dodgers vs. Anaheim Angels at Tempe Diablo Fields

Dinner: Dinner will be served in a private meeting room at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option.

Evening: Enjoy a special presentation from Karen Kunkel who both Played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and then was a consultant and actor in the film "A League Of Their Own".

Lodging: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 07 - Baseball Media and
Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Wrap up and goodbyes, program ends by 9: 30 AM with hotel check-out by 11:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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