The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) have announced the names of 29 students of colour who will participate in this year’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) programme.
The scheme, now in its 22nd year and which will be held from May 29 to June 3, is designed to attract students into careers within the Olympic and Paralympic Movements by offering a pathway into the industry.
Participants will get taught the Olympic values and of excellence, friendship and respect, and the FLAME initiative allows them to connect with various sporting leaders and United States Olympians and Paralympians.
During the eight-day programme, attendees will spend time with American Olympians and Paralympians, as well as those hoping to represent their country in future, and professional development workshops, leadership seminars and networking sessions will be held.
The event has also attracted a stellar list of speakers, including two-time Olympic bobsleigh medallist Elana Meyers Taylor, who won bronze in Vancouver, Canada in 2010 before going one better four years later at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Russian resort of Sochi.
Teresa Edwards, who has an impressive four Olympic gold medals to her name, which she claimed as part of the victorious American teams at Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, will also be on hand to inspire the participants.
Paralympian Jennifer Chew, a wheelchair basketball player, is set to deliver a speech, as is Paralympic silver medallist John Register.
As well as a range of seminars and speaker sessions, attendees will also be treated to Olympic and Paralympic sport demonstrations, a Colorado Rapids game and tour of DICK’s Sporting Goods Park.
Those selected for the 2015 edition of FLAME have already demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements and the full list can be viewed here.
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