Simon Keith

Simon Keith

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.


Moments of Truth

In our lives, all of our lives, we tend to define ourselves by moments. These moments shape who we are and how we view ourselves.  The birth of a child, getting married, big promotions are all moments that many of us celebrate.  But what if the moments in your life are not always expected.  How do you prepare for moments when you don’t know when or how they will come?  Why do some people seem to ‘execute’ their moments better than others?  What if your moment seems bigger than what you can handle?

Simon talks about the Moments in his life and how “being flat on your back at age 21, and about to have your heart taken out of your chest” certainly qualifies as a Moment.  How Simon moved forward from that potentially crippling event and was able to live an incredible heart stopping life.

Fear

Why does FEAR inhibit our behavior?  Why do we allow FEAR to become the overriding presence in our lives?  Is overcoming FEAR the number one difference that makes the ultra successful “different” than the masses?  Simon explores this concept as part of his LEADERSHIP training and pushes the audience to come to grips with their fears and what steps they can take to overcome this often times debilitating state of mind.  After participating in this keynote speech – audiences will be motivated more than ever to implement the strategies to overcome THEIR FEARS.

Six Characteristics of Champions

Simon has dedicated his life studying and understanding what it takes to be a Champion.  Having identified 6 Major Characteristics, Simon speaks about the importance of each and uses anecdotal evidence based on his and other “Champions” lives.

  • Prepare
  • Vision
  • Motivation
  • Belief – The Power of Stupid
  • Pursuit of Excellence
  • Dare to Live

Changing the Perception of Health and Wellness

Simon communicates a unique perspective on what it “feels” like to be the recipient of a life saving organ transplant…even if you don’t want to really talk about.  A 25-year struggle in learning to how to interact with others who expect you to be someone different than who you are (or ever were).  Why do people want you to be “different”?  Why do they treat you as “different”?  Does it help you that they want you to be “special” or does it further handicap you?  As a recipient who has fought prejudice and pre-conceived notions, Simon delivers a message that anyone battling an illness, struggle, or challenge will simply be inspired to hear.  A must-see presentation!