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Courtesy: SWAC.org

SAAC President chosen for USOC F.L.A.M.E. Program

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 08/29/2017
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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. 

Candace on her experience with the F.L.A.M.E Program said: “I can say that I am more competent in effective goal setting, interviewing, networking” and added that “connections are key, not only with the staff, but with the other 26 students that attended the program. Those relationships will pave ways that I could not have imagined. Every student that has attended the F.L.A.M.E. Program goes into an electronic database that sends notifications of internship and job opportunities. The staff keeps an open line of communication with each F.L.A.M.E. class via email and are proactive in assisting former students. If anyone would have asked me a year ago if I thought I would ever live at the USOTC for a week, my answer would have been no. However, now I know that the sky's the limit and I am on my way to a successful career in sports.

For more information about the F.L.A.M.E. Program, speak with your institutional SAAC Advisor or visit http://www.teamusa.org/About-the-USOC/Inside-the-USOC/Programs/Diversity-and-Inclusion/FLAME