F.L.A.M.E. Participants Take a Shot at Handball
All it takes is one exposure to the game of team handball to fall in love with it.
This was what USATH CEO Mike Cavanaugh and his team of handball Olympians believed when they were requested to provide a team handball clinic for the 21st anniversary of the FLAME (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) program last week at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Cavanaugh and Olympians Cindy Stinger ('84, '88, '92), Laura Ryan ('88, '92', '96), Greg Morava ('84), and Chryss Hires ('96) demonstrated the basic skills of the game and provided a simple tutorial for the FLAME participants on Friday, July 11. Then, the participants were divided into four teams for a mini-handball tournament.
"Everyone had a fun time with the experience," Cavanaugh said.
This event was one of many that Cavanaugh and other USATH Federation staff and members anticipate participating in to teach the sport of handball to U.S. children and youth. If you would like more information on how to organize a handball clinic at an event in your community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLAME is a yearly program organized by the United States Olympic Committee that provides professional development for qualified high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as insight on careers within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. More information about the 2014 FLAME program can be found HERE, or via email at FLAME@usoc.org.