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Jared Niemeyer

Athlete, Special Olympics Missouri

Jared Niemeyer is an active Special Olympic athlete and has been for 18 years, in a variety of sports. Very engaged in school, community and church, he pursues responsible citizenship in every endeavor.

Jared has served as athlete representative to the Missouri Special Olympics Board of Directors since 2015. He has had the opportunity to participate in National Special Olympics Games in 2010 and 2014.

Some of Jared’s remarkable experiences include being a Special Olympics National Youth Activation Committee member from 2009-2012 and being honored as the Special Olympics Missouri North Area Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2013. He was also the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Missouri Mental Health Foundation Mental Health Champion Nominee in 2015 and 2017. He was also a Special Olympics International representative and panelist at the UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2014. His family was named the Law Enforcement Torch Run Outstanding Volunteer Family in 2018.

Jared has been an employee of Hy-Vee, a supermarket company in the midwest United States since graduating from high school in 2011. Jared is an advocate of inclusion in education, employment, community and life! His enthusiasm for promoting and developing community is contagious as he advocates to promote inclusion for all citizens.

United Nations Athlete Lead Panel
  • Ambassador Luis Gallegos Ambassador Gallegos is Chairman of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies and Chairman of the Universal Design Commission. The Congress of Ecuador has honored him twice and he has received a number of awards for his work in the promotion and protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities, amongst them, the prestigious "Justice for All Disabilities Right Award."
  • Dustin Plunkett Dustin Plunkett is an athlete and athlete leader who served as spokesman and Global Messenger for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles as well as on-air broadcaster for ESPN during the 2015 Games and the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
  • Nyasha Derera Chair, Global Athlete Congress; Special Olympics Athlete, Zimbabwe; United Nations Panel
  • Emanuelle Dutra Fernandes de Souza Emanuelle Dutra Fernandes de Souza, is a 24 year-old empowered young woman!
  • Tajha Ilerant Tajha Ilerant is a recent graduate of Immokalee High School and is exceptionally active within her school and community.
  • Chaica Al Qassimi Chaica is a 22-year-old Emirati graduate of Sharjah English School who also studied art at the International School of Arts and Sciences in Dubai. She is fully focused on her martial arts, having attained a black belt from Shotokan Japanese Sports Center. She trains and competes in nine different martial arts with her main interests being Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo.
  • Jared Niemeyer Jared Niemeyer is an active Special Olympic athlete and has been for 18 years, in a variety of sports. Very engaged in school, community and church, he pursues responsible citizenship in every endeavor.
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