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Jake Olson: Overcoming Adversity

  • 4801 Franklin Ave | Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Presented By: Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Dates: March 28, 2020
  • Location: Franklin Jr. High
  • Phone: (641) 814-3428
  • Start/End Time: 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
  • Price: FREE
  • Overview

    Jake Olson - First blind athlete to play in a college Division 1 game!
    Jake was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer, retinoblastoma, at 8 months old. His left eye was removed two months later and at age 12, the cancer claimed his other eye. Through it all, Jake was a passionate fan of football, particularly the USC Trojans. After playing as a long snapper for his high school, he enrolled at USC and walked onto the football team as a reserve.

    The following year, he made history as the first blind athlete to play in a college football game. He took the field September 2, 2017 in the season opener and snapped on an extra point. It was good. Jake graduated from college with a degree in Business Administration in May 2019.

    Jake will be speaking at the Spring Family Conference held annually for families who have children with visual impairments. His keynote address is open to the public. Come and be inspired!
    Saturday, March 28, 2020 at FRANKLIN JR HIGH, 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines
    9:15 am - 11:15 am