The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program provides diverse college and graduate-level students with a unique look into the world of elite sport. This immersive program offers an exciting and rigorous curriculum designed to increase knowledge of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. Accepted students participate in personal and professional development workshops in preparation for a career in sports. FLAME is an intersectional program, and encourages students of color of all sexual orientations, abilities, genders and gender identities, and income levels to apply.

The FLAME program utilizes a wide-ranging network of speakers with expertise in their fields to engage diversity and inclusion related topics connected to the sports industry. While the voices of our participants are always welcomed, there is no expectation that students will lead or provide personal narratives or personal experiences tied to the curriculum. The knowledge base of the program is derived specifically from content-area experts in order to deepen everyone’s understanding of these issues and move diversity and inclusion efforts in sports forward.


  • Meet and network with U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Executives.
  • Learn about goal setting, leadership and self-motivation from U.S. Olympians and Paralympians.
  • Engage in workshops on race, class, ability, gender and sexual orientation to foster inclusive, high-performing sport environments.


  • Live at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and learn best practices from sports industry leaders.
  • Enrich employment opportunities in sport through networking and career development workshops.
  • Work with national sports organizations to develop business and inclusion strategies.


  • Enhance your personal brand, hone interviewing skills and develop compelling resumes.
  • Learn about USOPC internship opportunities in communications, marketing, digital media, sports medicine, strength and conditioning and more.
  • Gain exclusive access to the FLAME Alumni Network.