Meet US Wheelchair Basketball Player Jeromie Meyer

Elite wheelchair basketball player Jeromie Meyer will compete for the United States in the upcoming 2024 Paralympic Games. For the first time in his career, he will compete for the USA in the Paralympics. When Jeromie was ten years old, a drunk truck driver struck him, paralyzing his lower body. Despite being paralyzed, he continued in chasing his passion and is now eligible to compete for the United States in the upcoming Paralympic Games.

Jeromie Meyer set to represent the US in The Paralympics 2024

The United States men’s wheelchair basketball team won the November 2023 Parapan American Games championship. They defeated Colombia 81-45 in the final game on November 25, 2023 in Santiago, Chile. This victory served a double purpose for the American team, as they also earned a spot to compete in the 2024 Paralympic Games.

In the championship game, Williams from the U.S. team had an impressive performance, scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while also contributing 7 assists. Serio was another key player, scoring 23 points and providing 9 assists. Trevon Jenifer and Jeromie Meyer both chipped in with 7 points each for the American team.

This Parapan American Games win marks Jeromie Meyer’s first opportunity to represent the United States in the Paralympic Games, which he has worked tirelessly to achieve.

 “Excited for the opportunity to represent Team USA at my first Paralympic Games.”

Jeromie Shared in his Instagram

Jeromie Meyer’s Life, Age, Parents, and Education

Jeromie Meyer was a very active child. He participated in sports like basketball, football, and wrestling. Jeromie is the son of Jerm Meyer and Starci Meyer.

He has a sister named Bailee Meyer who has congratulated him for his success.

Jeromie Meyer is a graduate student and also a member of the wheelchair basketball team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He wants to bring fame to the university by becoming a Paralympian and winning a national championship for Whitewater. The university has a prestigious record in wheelchair basketball, with the men’s and women’s teams winning a total of 16 intercollegiate national championships from 1982 to 2016. Meyer wants to continue this winning streak.

Jeromie Meyer with his Family
Image: Jeromie Meyer with his family at his sister’s graduation (Source: Bailee Meyer’s Instagram)

Whitewater has many athletes like Meyer who put in a lot of effort to strengthen the university’s sports reputation while following their passion. The UNO recreation gym is a space where many students exercise or spend time, but for Meyer, it means more. This is where his college team practices, and he trains on his own time. It is where he works on his game, improves his conditioning, and pushes himself to the limit.

As an Adaptive Sports Programmer at The Ability Center, Jeromie partners with local organizations and schools to provide inclusive and accessible sports opportunities for people with disabilities. He designs, implements, and evaluates adaptive sports programs, events, and camps, using his skills in organization, communication, and collaboration. He also trains and supervises volunteers and staff, ensuring the safety and quality of the services.

Jeromie is also chasing a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Human Performance & Recreation.

Reason for Jeromie Meyer’s Disability

When Jeromie Meyer was 10 years old, he was hit by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle. This accident left him paralyzed from the hips down, requiring him to use a wheelchair.

In the accident, he suffered a T-10 spinal contusion, many broken bones including all the bones in his right leg, a fractured skull, and cuts on both of his knees from the bicycle handlebars.

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For several months after the accident, Jeromie was confined to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln. He spent most of his time there doing physical and occupational therapy. Jeromie remembers this as the most difficult period of his life. However, basketball became a source of comfort for him after one of his therapists introduced him to the game.

Jeromie is in a Happy Relationship

Jeromie Meyer is currently in a romantic relationship with Morgan Smarzinski, who is an athlete involved with LIV. The couple plans to get married to each other very soon.

Jeromie Meyer with his Girlfriend
Image: Jeromie Meyer with his Girlfriend (Source: Jeromie’s Instagram)

Jeromie Meyer’s Struggle for Qualifying in the USA National Team

Meyer’s father helped him play wheelchair basketball. His father taught him the techniques and skills that made Meyer better at the game and love it more and more.

Meyer already liked watching wheelchair basketball, so it was natural for him to start playing it.

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After Meyer recovered from an accident, he joined the Nebraska Red Dawgs team. Since then, the team founder and coach Mike Kult was happy to see Meyer improve from barely being able to score on a 10-foot hoop to becoming an excellent shooter and a second-team All-American player.

Meyer played for the 2017 U-23 junior national team and in three national trials. Soon after, Meyer was on a plane, going to Argentina for his first international competition. The U.S. team won all six games, and Meyer scored the highest number of points (16) in the final game.

How Jeromie Meyer is Travelling and Representing The USA Being a Professional Player

Meyer earned his first spot on the national team at the IWBF U23 America’s Zonal Qualifier and IWBF U23 World Championships in 2017.

Week after week, Meyer traveled across the country playing wheelchair basketball, from the prep division to varsity. In high school, he won two national championships with the Red Dawgs, played a few seasons of wheelchair softball, and won three state gold medals when he participated in track as a senior.

In the 2022 Americas Cup, Jeromie won the gold medal. Meyer finished his first senior tournament with Team USA by scoring five points in a 67-66 win over Great Britain to secure the world title in June in Dubai, UAE. He was the only bench player to score.

In the 2023 PARAPAN Games, Team USA won gold. Meyer scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds in the final as Team USA defeated Colombia to secure the gold medal and a spot in the Paris Games.

If the team wants to win a third consecutive Paralympic gold medal next year, it will need important contributions from players like Meyer, of Woodbine, Iowa, who proved to be a key contributor off the bench this year.