Gabe Harris Selected for Olympic F.L.A.M.E. Program
CHICAGO Gabe Harris of the DePaul men’s track and field team is one of 30 students chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee to attend the 2008 Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (F.L.A.M.E.) program. The four-day leadership program is currently underway at the U.S. Olympic Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Harris, an education major with a minor in sports management, was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee for his achievements in athletics, academics and community service. The Blue Demon junior is a two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and a six-time BIG EAST Championship qualifier. As a member of the DePaul Captains’ Council, Harris has participated in the planning and execution of numerous community service projects.
“We are so pleased that Gabe was selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” DePaul Director of Athletics Jean Lenti Ponsetto said. “He is a superb young man and I anticipate that the F.L.A.M.E. program will light a fire in him so that he can see himself in the field of athletics administration.”
During the F.L.A.M.E. program, Harris will receive an inside look at the U.S. Olympic Committee and its processes. Harris and other students from across the nation will be given the opportunity to interact with and learn leadership skills from current U.S. Olympians and Paralympians.
F.L.A.M.E. was founded in 1994 as a national outreach program for minority youth. The program focused on educating and exposing youth to the Olympic Movement and its ideals. Beginning in 2006, the F.L.A.M.E. program was targeted toward college students in an effort to better tie the program to future U.S. Olympic Committee college internship and employment opportunities.