DeVry University Celebrates the Success of its Student Athletes

U.S. student and alumni athletes win 13 medals at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

Naperville, Ill. –  Sept. 22, 2021 - DeVry University is proud to welcome home 16 Team USA students and alums who competed in the Paralympic Games. Of those, 13 are bringing back medals in their respective sports, for a total of 13 medals overall.

DeVry’s student and alumni Paralympic medalists include:


Gold Medalists Sport Degree Program Hometown
Brian Bell Wheelchair Basketball Business Administration Birmingham, Alabama
John Boie Wheelchair Basketball Accounting Milton, Wisconsin
Heather Erickson           Sitting Volleyball Technical Management ('19) Fayetteville, NC
Kaleo Maclay Sitting Volleyball Business Oahu, Hawaii
Brittni Mason 4x100m Universal Relay MBA Cleveland, OH
Oksana Masters Cycling - Time Trail/Road Race Management Louisville, Kentucky
Ryan Neiswender Wheelchair Basketball MBA ('20) Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Jorge Sanchez Wheelchair Basketball MBA Oakland, California


Silver Medalists Sport Degree Program Hometown
Amanda Dennis Goalball Business Peachtree City, Georgia
Brittni Mason 100m Dash, 200m Dash MBA Cleveland, Ohio
Eric Newby        Wheelchair Rugby MBA Bailey, Colorado
Colleen Young 200m IM MBA St. Louis, Missouri



Bronze Medalists Sport Degree Program Hometown
Sophia Herzog 100m Breaststroke Communications (‘19) Fairplay, Colorado
Justin Phongsavanh F54 Javelin Accounting Des Moines, Iowa
Colleen Young 100m Breaststroke MBA St. Louis, Missouri


“I want to offer heartfelt congratulations to all of our student and alumni athletes who competed at the Paralympic Games, and particularly to the medalists who accomplished their dreams at the highest level,” said Tom Monahan, president and CEO at DeVry University.

“DeVry prides itself on uniquely serving students who are committed not only to near-term accomplishments, but the ability to thrive and grow over the longer term. We know our students need to juggle near-term responsibilities at work and in life, and these athletes are an incredible example and inspiration as they balance the pursuit of their athletic dreams and their academic goals. We look forward to watching where they go next,” added Monahan.

Prior to the Paralympic Games, DeVry student and alumni athletes brought home 8 medals during the Olympic Games in Tokyo: 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze, bringing DeVry student and alumni athletes’ overall medal count to 20: 7 Gold, 8 Silver and 5 Bronze from Tokyo 2020.

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Hessy Fernandez

Director of Public Relations