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U.S. Olympic Committee Celebrates 21st Anniversary Of FLAME Program

By United States Olympic Committee | July 01, 2014, 12:30 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the 50 minority student leaders from high schools, colleges and universities across the country who were selected to participate in the 21st annual FLAME (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) Program. The 2014 collegiate program will be held July 8-18, followed by the high school program from July 20-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

FLAME is designed to inspire minority high school and college students to pursue careers within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. Those chosen to participate have already demonstrated a pursuit of excellence within their own communities and will have the opportunity to further their personal and professional growth by connecting with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, USOC and National Governing Body leaders.

The program provides students with an in-depth look at the Olympic and Paralympic movements and personal exploration of the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. The program also offers a pathway for talented youth to become further involved in the Olympic and Paralympic movements, either through the USOC’s internship program, or other career and volunteer opportunities.

Participants in the 2013 USOC FLAME Program stand outside the
U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Participants in this year’s program represent two countries and 22 states across the United States. During the 17-day program, FLAME participants will reside and eat alongside U.S. Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls at the OTC. The program will include motivational presentations, leadership seminars, and networking and financial-literacy workshops.

Speakers at the 2014 program include two-time Olympic medalist Mark Crear (track & field; 1996, 2000); three-time Olympian Katrina McClain (basketball; 1998, 1992, 1996); John Register, U.S. Paralympics associate director of community and military programs and Paralympic silver medalist (track & field, 2000); Paralympian Ralph Green (alpine skiing; 2006, 2010, 2014); Olympian Cindy Stinger (team handball, 1984, 1988, 1992); Wade Davis, former NFL player and executive director of the You Can Play Project; and USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.

In addition, the program will host two banquets featuring two-time Olympic medalist Derek Parra (speedskating, 2002) and Olympic gold-medalist Dan O’Brien (decathlon; 1996) as the keynote speakers for the high school and college programs. Also, thanks to support from Drs. Tej and Simran Singh, the 2014 program will feature an address from Rosa Gatti, former Sr. vice president of communications counsel and corporate outreach at ESPN, as the first FLAME Invited Speaker Award recipient.

Additional activities will include a sport demonstration from 2004 Olympic fencer and FLAME program alumni Ivan Lee, a Paralympic sport experience, a trip up the Pikes Peak Cog Railway and a hike through Garden of the Gods.

FLAME College Class of 2014

Name University/College Hometown
Brittany Larkin University of Connecticut South Amboy, N.J.
Burtland Dixon California State University at San Marcos Moreno Valley, Calif.
Chandler Richardson Temple University Burlington Township, N.J.
Chermaine Cole Georgia State University DeSoto, Texas
Clyde Dean University of Kentucky Radcliff, Ky.
Darron Sherrill University of Wisconsin-River Falls Milwaukee, Wis.
Desirae Bass Georgia State University Columbus, Ga.
Eboni Sutherland Rice University Corona, Calif.
Gerale Middleton Towson University Valley Stream, N.Y.
Jaclyn Lam University of Massachusetts-Amherst Stockton, Calif.
Jared Romance Florida Atlantic University New Orleans, La.
Jessica Clark California State University Sacramento Suisun City, Calif.
Jose Garcia University of Houston San Antonio, Texas
Kadeem Haugabook Morehouse College Detroit, Mich.
Kallie McBride University of Minnesota Warroad, Minn
Kayla Henderson University of Wyoming Marietta, Ga.
Keara Bynum Syracuse University Flushing, N.Y.
Kendra Berry University of Tennessee Albany, Ga.
Lindsay Pinckney Towson University Silver Spring, Md.
Margaret Olvera Trinity University Dallas, Texas
Mark Minken Temple University Manalapan, N.J.
Reno Puente Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi San Antonio, Texas
Serene Drakes SUNY The College at Brockport Brooklyn, N.Y.
TaRonda Randall University of Alabama Brantley, Ala.
Taylor Gillespie University of Oklahoma Buffalo, N.Y.
Taylor Green Florida State University Gainesville, Fla.
Wei Li Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Yuta Tanaka University of San Francisco Tokyo, Japan
Zhi Yang Syracuse University New York, N.Y.

FLAME High School Class of 2014

Name High School/Preparatory School Hometown
Albert Hopkins KIPP University High School San Antonio, Texas
Allan Gomez Rancho Cotate High School Rohnert Park, Calif.
Bianca Carrizal YES Prep Public School Houston, Texas
Brij Singh Bellarmine College Preparatory San Jose, Calif.
Courtland Crenshaw Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School Indianapolis, Ind.
Crystal Perez York International Thornton, Colo.
Gabriela Pineda Piner High School Santa Rosa, Calif.
Jeffrey Gomez Rancho Cotate High School Rohnert Park, Calif.
Jonathon LeDon The Preuss School of UCSD San Diego, Calif.
Jose Amador Rancho Cotate High School Rohnert Park, Calif.
Joshua Mora Vallivue High School Caldwell, Idaho
Mai Foringer Germantown Friends School Philadelphia, Pa.
Marco Perez Pueblo East High School Pueblo, Colo.
Mariah Lassek Westminster High School Westminster, Colo.
Mekayla Winchester West Anchorage High School Anchorage, Alaska
Monica Paredes KIPP King Collegiate High School San Lorenzo, Calif.
Nyaradzo Bere Littleton High School Littleton, Colo.
Stephanie Silvar The Preuss School of UCSD San Diego, Calif.
Tiera Chambers Miami Central Senior High School Miami, Fla.
Yeng Xiong Sunnyside High School Fresno, Calif.
Zhianna Flores Piedra Vista High School Farmington, N.M.
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