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Jake Olson

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I am currently a senior at the University of Southern California. I lost sight in my left eye at 8 months old, battled cancer eight times in my right eye, and eventually lost sight in my right eye at age 12. I have never let blindness stop me from achieving my goals. I am a single digit handicap golfer with aspirations to become scratch, and on September 2nd, 2017 I became the first completely blind football player to ever play in a Division I game when I successfully snapped a PAT against Western Michigan. On top of my athletic endeavors, I have had the privilege since the age of 12 of traveling the country with my guide dog, Quebec, as a motivational speaker. I've shared my story with everyone from corporations to sports team to schools and churches. I have also written a book, Open Your Eyes, started my own charity, Out of Sight Faith, and serve as a member of the President's Council on Sports Fitness and Nutrition. I am the co-founder and president of Engage.

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  • What is your favorite quote? "Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out alive." -Elbert Hubbard
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? The first time Pete Carroll invited me to watch a USC practice before I went blind, getting into USC and finding out I'd get the opportunity to be a member of the football team.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I love playing poker, golf, the guitar, and talking sports. I am an avid fantasy sports player. I also love taking on new and exciting tasks.
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