Simon Keith is a beloved speaker with the inspiring story of being both a former professional soccer player and one of the longest-living organ transplant recipients in the world.
He was also the first to play sports professionally after undergoing a heart transplant. His story of receiving the heart of a 17-year-old Welsh boy in 1986 when he was just 21 years old has been featured on ESPN E: 60 A Change of Heart.
Simon shared his story at the White House, in British and Canadian Parliaments and with captivated audiences around the world. His story is one of inspiration telling people to dare to live.
Simon played two seasons at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and was named Student Athlete of the Year for the conference. He was also named USA’s Most Courageous Athlete. Simon also was honoured with the title of Most Valuable Play at the Senior Bowl and was drafted #1 overall into the Major Indoor Soccer League. He was also drafted into the USA’s Major Indoor Soccer League and published his autobiography Heart for the Game.
Book proceeds go to providing athletic training for other transplant recipients.
He is a member of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame and was named Canada’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2015.
Simon then went on to be an entrepreneur who built and sold four companies over 15 years. His most recent venture was as COO for the Nevada Donor Network. He led it from 53rd place to #1 in the U.S. over a span of eight years in the number of organ donors and organs recovered for transplant per capita.
He underwent a second heart transplant as well as a kidney transplant when his heart and kidneys began failing in 2018. He stood less than a 1.75 percent chance of getting the organs but was gifted and his remarkable story continues.
He signed a major movie deal about his life with Kennedy Marshall Entertainment and movie producer Frank Marshall of Jurassic World and Bourne movie fame.
Simon is an expert in leadership development, entrepreneurships and organizational culture.