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March 13, 2011

USOC Announces 2011 F.L.A.M.E. Program; Applications Due April 29

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today that the 18th annual F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) program will be hosted at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 16-19, 2011.  For the past 17 years, the USOC has inspired minority students with this dynamic, educational program packed with leadership enhancement opportunities.

F.L.A.M.E. is designed to empower college students to cultivate their desire to succeed and rise above the ordinary.  The young men and women selected to participate, who already demonstrate a pursuit of excellence within their own communities, have the opportunity to further their personal and professional growth through unique seminars and workshops led by Olympic and Paralympic athletes; USOC and National Governing Body (NGB) leaders; and others who have achieved personal, professional or athletic success in life.

During the four-day program, F.L.A.M.E. participants will reside in the Olympic Training Center dormitory; eat at the athlete dining hall; and have daily opportunities to interact with Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls. The program's itinerary includes motivational presentations, leadership seminars, networking, financial literacy workshops, Olympic/Paralympic sport demonstrations, field trips to local attractions and information on the USOC internship program.        

Previous speakers at the F.L.A.M.E. program have included legendary Olympic track & field champion Billy Mills (1960), Olympic speedskating champion Derek Parra (1998, '02), and Paralympic track & field champion April Holmes (2004, '08).  Presenters for the 2011 session will be selected in the coming weeks. 

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should be minority undergraduate or graduate students (ages 18-24) who have demonstrated leadership through academics, athletics and community involvement.  Special consideration will be given to applicants pursuing a degree in the field of sport management.  Additionally, applicants must have a minimum college grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. Direct applicants or those wishing to nominate someone should email USA Archery. The application deadline is April 29, 2011, and selection announcements will be made no later than May 18, 2011.

About the USOC

The USOC is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sole entity in the United States whose mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the U.S. teams in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. In addition to being the steward of the U.S. Olympic Movement, the USOC is the moving force for support of sports in the United States that are on the program of the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. 

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