Nikia Davenport, Athlete With Disabilities
Nikia Davenport, a 1993 graduate of Adams City High School, has been competing in Special Olympics since he was 14 years old. Davenport has participated in six different sports over the years, but powerlifting certainly is his favorite. He’s also very good at it.
Davenport earned a gold medal and a pair of bronze at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games last summer in Los Angeles. He also competed in the Worlds in 1999. In Los Angeles, Davenport claimed his gold medal with a 192.9-pound bench press. He handled 181 pounds in the squat lift for a bronze and won another bronze with his overall total of 672.41 pounds in the three events in his class. He was fourth in the dead lift with a 297.62-pound effort. He also was one of four athletes to represent Colorado on the USA team at the World Games. Davenport also added to his personal medals cache at the USA Games in 2010 with three medals, including one gold.
A versatile athlete, he also has competed in alpine skiing, basketball, bocce, cycling and track and field. He also is a devoted volunteer and participates in Tip-A-Cop events, the annual Mardi Gras and many other Special Olympics fundraisers. Davenport lives in his own apartment, is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and spends lots of quality time with his family.
One of his fondest memories as a Special Olympics athlete was hearing Eunice Kennedy Shriver speak at the 1999 World Games.
No doubt there will be many special moments in the years ahead as this gifted athlete continues to participate in Special Olympics.