Nicholas Minnema hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 10-year Special Olympics veteran has competed locally in Michigan since he was 16 years old and always had aspirations to compete internationally. Thanks to a strong showing in the shot put at the Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games, Nicholas has earned a spot on Special Olympics USA for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. Nicholas prides himself on making sure others feel included and received an award for kindness during his senior year of high school. When he's not doing track and field events, Nicholas loves to sing and play basketball. Nicholas says his favorite celebrities are singer/actress Selena Gomez because she sings and dances well and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors because "he makes game-winning buzzer-beater shots." Nicholas hopes to come up just as clutch as Steph Curry in Abu Dhabi.