Name: Nicky Nieves
Position: Middle Blocker
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Height: 5-10
DOB: 10/6/1989
Birthplace: Bronx, N.Y.
Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla.
High School: Gateway High School (Kissimmee, Fla.) ‘07
College: Queens College ‘12, Speech Pathology; Valencia College ‘19, Sociology
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016); One-time Paralympic medalist (1 gold)
  • Rio 2016, gold
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2018 – silver
  • Years of participation: 2014, 2018
  • Medals: 2 (2 silvers)
  • Silver – 2018; 2014
Personal: 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. ...Was born without a left hand and has never found out exactly why, but doctors said the umbilical cord might have wrapped around her hand...Learned to play the piano at age 6...Her family moved from Queens to Kissimmee, Florida when she was 10 years old...Began playing sports in the 6th grade, including volleyball, track and field, and cheerleading...She earned Conference Player of the Year honors her senior year of high school...During the summer, she works at a camp called Nuability Athletics, teaching sports to children ages 5 to 18 with physical disabilities...Coaches volleyball and is the director and founder of Limitless People Inc. Nonprofit.