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U.S. Olympic Committee announces 2009 F.L.A.M.E. program for undergraduate and graduate students

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The Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program is an annual program the USOC hosts in Colorado Springs each summer. It is an inspirational 4 days for up to 50 university aged candidates (ages 18-24) to stay at the Olympic Training Center and meet leaders in business and sport. Selected students will receive free airfare, accommodations and expenses.

Who can apply
Applicants must

  • Be of an ethnic minority student *please see program criteria.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university and be within the ages of 18-24.
  • Have a minimal athletic background.
  • Demonstrate leadership and community involvement.
  • Be able to attend the event August 1-4, 2009 in Colorado Springs, Colorado (travel is paid for)

Please apply directly to the USOC following the application process provided in the attachment or using the links below.

The deadline is June 12th 2009; please mark your application as a referral from BASOC.

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.

Applications are available online at or by calling USOC Associate Director of Community Relations Erica Hutchinson at 719-866-4604. The application deadline is June 12, 2009, and selection announcements will be made no later than June 19, 2009. Be sure to mention BASOC in your application. The Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) BASOC is proud to be a Community Partner with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and to participate with them to help promote sport.

More about the Program
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced that the 16th annual F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) program will be hosted at its Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., August 1-4, 2009. For the past 15 years, the USOC and its family of dedicated Olympic sponsors have empowered minority students with this dynamic, educational program packed with leadership enhancement opportunities.

With the support of official presenting sponsor, Tyson Foods, Inc., and associate sponsor Hilton Hotels Corporation, F.L.A.M.E. is designed to inspire minority 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 opportunities to interact with Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls daily. The program's itinerary includes motivational presentations by Olympians and Paralympians, leadership seminars conducted by USOC and NGB staff leaders, networking and financial literacy workshops, Olympic/Paralympic sport demonstrations, field trips to local attractions, and information on the USOC College Internship Program.

Previous speakers at the F.L.A.M.E. program have included Olympians and Paralympians such as the legendary 10,000 meter gold medalist Billy Mills (1960); silver and gold medalist in speedskating Derek Parra (1998, '02); and Paralympic track & field bronze medalist April Holmes (2004, '08) to name a few. Presenters for the 2009 session will be announced in the coming weeks.

About the USOC

The United States Olympic Committee (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. For more information on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, as well as the USOC, please visit

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and food service markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the Unites States and more than 80 countries. The company has approximately 107,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through the Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

For more information, please contact the USOC Communications Division at 719-866-4529.

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