SAAC President chosen for USOC F.L.A.M.E. Program
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – SWAC SAAC President and Alabama State volleyball standout Candace Martin was selected to be a part of the U.S. Olympic F.L.A.M.E Program (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) this summer at the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs, CO.
The program exposes minority students to professional and personal development as well as an inside look at the day-to-day operations of olympic and paralympic sports. Candace had the opportunity to spend a week at the USOTC in Colorado Springs with 26 other minority students from across the nation. The program exposed undergraduate and graduate students to the United States Olympic Committee’s “Team Behind the Team” through panels, lectures, networking, and mock interviews.
During the F.L.A.M.E. program’s 24th anniversary, Candace had the opportunity to meet Track and Field Olympians John Carlos, Tommie Smith, former NBA All-Star Jason Collins, Paralympic wheelchair basketball multi-medalist Jermell Pennie, and many other Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The students were able to experience multiple Olympic/Paralympic sports including sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, goalball, and golf. The students also participated in case-studies where they were separated into groups and assigned a National Governing Body. Each National Governing Body presented their team of students with a problem and a budget. Over the course of seven days, the students were to formulate a solution to present to their peers, the USOC staff, and their National Governing Body.