Nicky Nieves

Volleyball

Position: Middle hitter
Height: 5-10
Hometown/ Current residence: Kissimmee, Fla./ Kissimmee, Fla.
Birth Date: Oct 6, 1989
College/Major/Grad Year: Queens College, Speech Pathology, 2012
Nature of disability: Born without a left hand
Joined the team: 2011

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MOST NOTABLE
  • Nicky played Division II volleyball at Queens College
  • Awarded the John Smillie Award by the East Coast Conference in 2010

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:
2016 – ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (Gold)
2015 - ParaPan American Games (Gold)
2014 - ParaVolley World Championships (Silver)
2011 - Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold)

DID YOU KNOW

  • During the summer, Nicky works at a camp called Nuability Athletics, teaching sports to children ages 5 to 18 with physical disabilities
  • She has been a standout athlete in both high school and college standing volleyball
  • She started playing volleyball in 2002 for the Life Academy Lions
  • She earned Conference Player of the Year honors her senior year of high school
  • She most admires her mother, Vilma, because she is strong and determined
  • The happiest moment of her life was playing in her first NCAA game. 

RELATED LINKS
Adjust and Adapt: Off-court passion drives Nicky Nieves' Paralympic dreams
Central Florida Sports: Sports Central TV Show (beginning about 17:00)
Warrior Transition Command: Team USA Volleyballer comes to help, leaves inspired
Nuability Athletics Foundation: Nuability Coach and Mentor Nicky Nieves
New York Post: QC Women’s Volleyball Player Overcomes Disability

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