Inspirational Speaker | Author | Entrepreneur | Athlete | Philanthropist
Simon Keith is not just a former professional soccer player—he’s one of the longest-living organ transplant recipients in the world, having received a heart transplant in 1986 when he was just 21 years old. Remarkably, Simon went on to play competitive soccer and was drafted #1 overall into the USA’s Major Indoor Soccer League just three years after his surgery, making him the first athlete in history to play a professional sport after having undergone a heart transplant. Captivating audiences with his incredible story, Simon challenges people to find their “moments of truth” and dares them to live.
Simon resumed his soccer career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), playing two seasons with the Rebels and garnering many honours, including being named Student-Athlete of Year for the Conference as well as being voted as the USA’s Most Courageous Athlete. After his senior season, Simon was named the Most Valuable Player at the Senior Bowl, and was drafted #1 overall into the Major Indoor Soccer League.
In 2011, he founded The Simon Keith Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing organ donor awareness and educating transplant recipients. His autobiography, Heart for the Game, details his unique life-journey, and he directs the proceeds from his book sales toward providing athletic training for other transplant recipients who undertake an active and healthy lifestyle. In 2015 Simon was named Canada’s Humanitarian of the Year for the David Foster Foundation highlighting his passion for improving the lives of all Canadians.
In addition to his philanthropic efforts and professional soccer career, Simon is a successful entrepreneur and thought leader. He also acts as the Chief Operating Officer for the Nevada Donor Network, an organ procurement organization that recovers more organs per capita than anywhere else in North America.