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Jake Olson


Jake Olson

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, and a graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business.

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John Argue

Review: Excellent! Jake was an amazing and dynamic speaker. He was certainly a draw for our event. He spent the entire day with us - golfing, meeting our guests - truly generous with his time. Such a wonderful person!

Josh Killian

Review: Jake was a huge success, and everyone loved his message, from the CEO to the newest sales professional in the room...Patterson Dental is an organization that has been going through a transformation of people and systems for the last 5 years and this year's meeting was about coming together, embracing the change in our market (customer and others) and getting back to growth through an offensive position. Jake's message supported all of this perfectly. You won't be disappointed

Cindy Wieties

Review: I’ve worked with many external speakers for large corporate conferences and meetings for many years and highly recommend Jake Olson as a motivational speaker. He has a fresh and inspiring story and is authentic in his mission to help others, both through his speaking engagements and in his not-for-profit work. He is only 22 but possesses wisdom and grace well beyond his years. He is articulate, has a great sense of humor, and will customize his remarks to fit your audience. He received the highest rating of any of our speakers at a recent conference and, as a result, is receiving requests for more speaking engagements from the attendees. Suggest that you have a large bowl of water for his beautiful guide dog, Quebec! 8 - ) A++++++++++


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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.