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Tajha Ilerant smiling in a read polo

Tajha Ilerant

Athlete, Special Olympics Florida

Tajha Ilerant is a recent graduate of Immokalee High School and is exceptionally active within her school and community.

She is a Special Olympics Global Messenger, a member of her school’s Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Leadership Committee and one of twelve Special Olympics United States Youth Ambassadors. Through these positions, Tajha has had the opportunity to travel to Baku, Azerbaijan as a participant at the 2018 Global Youth Leadership Forum, attend the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) EDU Conference as a panelist for the Special Olympics’ featured panel, and tell her story on video as a part of the Special Olympics “Moment Series.”

Along with her many roles and involvement in school and with her community, Tajha is also a Special Olympics athlete and received the 2019 Southwest Florida Special Olympics Female Athlete of the Year award.

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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