About Jake Olson
As a co-founder and president of Engage, Jake sets the big-picture strategy and serves as the public face of the company. Jake has a truly incredible story that has been well chronicled and featured in just about every outlet, including ESPN, Fox Sports, CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and countless others. At 8 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer, retinoblastoma. The disease claimed his left eye before the tender age of one, and in November 2009, Jake lost his right eye after battling cancer for 12 years.
Jake has not let his blindness stop him from achieving any of his goals. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern California as well as a former long snapper for the school’s football team. On September 2nd, 2017, versus Western Michigan, Jake made history as the first completely blind athlete to ever play in a Division I football game. Jake has used his fame to inspire others and travels around the country as a motivational speaker. He is also a former member of the President’s Council on Sports Fitness and Nutrition, has written two books, started his own foundation, and is one of the best blind golfers in the world, shooting in the mid-70s.
Outside of Engage and football, Jake loves working out, playing the guitar, and hanging out with friends.