Nicky Nieves (USA): Sitting Volleyball & Black Lives Matter‬


Sitting Volleyball & Black Lives Matter‬


Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts.

Nicky is a middle blocker on the USA’s Sitting Volleyball team, and a Rio Paralympic gold medalist. She is an Afro Latina and an outspoken advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement, spearheading conversations about race on her team and via social media. This episode explores Nicky’s experience playing volleyball without a hand, but focuses on her conscious decision to advocate for racial justice, providing listeners with suggestions for how they can help.

Experts interviewed include former teammate Kari (Miller) Ortiz, Amherst College Professor, Dr. Solsiree del Moral, and Black Voters Matter, Co-Founder, LaTosha Brown.

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