PHILADELPHIA - Four members of the Philadelphia Force attended the F.L.A.M.E.S. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere in Sport) program held on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer, third baseman Clare Burnum, catcher Ashley Smith, and first baseman Kellie Wilkerson appeared at the event which was sponsored by the Philadelphia Sports Congress, in partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
The event, celebrated world-wide as International Olympic Day, focused on teaching leadership skills and lessons in the Olympic Ideals. The sport demonstrations exposed the 50 students in attendance to various Olympic sports. The F.L.A.M.E.S. program is targeted toward high school minority student-athletes. The goal is to expose athletes to the unique opportunity to be mentored by Olympians and Paralympians.
In the spirit of the Olympic Ideals of Persistence, Vision, Focus, Discipline, and Commitment, F.L.A.M.E.S. inspires minority high school athletes, in both Olympic and non-Olympic sports, to cultivate their desire to succeed and rise above the ordinary level of expectations.
F.L.A.M.E.S. will enhance the mind, body, and spirit by providing participants with opportunities for personal growth, role models (Olympians, Paralympians and others) to whom they can relate and aspire to emulate, exposure to other student-athletes from throughout the city, and gather information about Olympic sports and future U.S. Olympic Committee program opportunities.
Participants are minority high school students (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) who participate in a high school sport (junior varsity or varsity) and who are in good academic standing. Student-athlete participants were nominated by their respective school administrators, who were then selected to attend the F.L.A.M.E.S. program.
The Force players were excited to share their wealth of knowledge of playing softball at professional level.