Delise O’Meally named USA Chef de Mission for 2017 World University Games in Chinese Taipei
The United States International University Sports Federation (USIUSF) has named Delise S. O’Meally as the Chef de Mission/Head of Delegation for the 2017 Summer World University Games. USIUSF is a United States Olympic Committee recognized organization comprised of joint membership of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), and is the governing body for international university sports in the United States. O’Meally is the Executive Director of the National Consortium for Academics & Sports (NCAS), an organization that uses the power of sport to promote social responsibility and equality, and to effect positive societal change. She also serves as the Secretary General for USIUSF, and is a former USIUSF Vice President.
A prominent voice in national and international university sports, O’Meally has been involved in athletics administration for more than 24 years. She spent 17 years at the NCAA national office in various leadership roles including Director of Governance and International Affairs. She is a former First Vice President of FISU America, the Pan American University Sports Federation. She has served on the International University Sport Federation (FISU) Executive Committee as well as the FISU Commission on the Global Development of University Sports.
As she prepares to lead the 540-person red, white and blue delegation to Chinese Taipei on August 19-30, 2017, O’Meally reflected on her first experience with the World University Games. ‘I was a student-athlete at the 1993 Buffalo, NY Games.” Then, wearing black, green and gold, she represented her homeland, Jamaica as the lone tennis athlete. “It was one of the most impactful experiences of my life.” O’Meally continued. “The spirit of the Universiade is one that is not duplicated in any other event in the world. When you bring together young people, from different countries and cultures, who are immersed in education while pursuing their sport at the highest level, you set the stage for the kind of positive interaction that builds a stronger global community – a community that focuses on peace and understanding, rather than divisiveness and war.”
Throughout her career, O’Meally has been acknowledged with many honors including the Women Leaders in College Sports Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award and the Nova Southeastern University’s Pioneer award. In 2016, she was inducted into the Morgan State University Athletic Hall of Fame. She has earned an MBA and a Juris Doctorate and is admitted to the Indiana Bar. O’Meally and her 12-year old twin daughters Cameron and Casey, whom she has coached since they were 3, can be found most weekends on the tennis courts.