Simon delivered one of his Moments of Truth Speeches to the Academy players of the Vancouver Whitecaps Professional Soccer Club. A full house listened intently as Simon spoke about his battle from lying in a hospital bed perilously close to death to becoming the number draft pick and first professional athlete after having undergone a heart transplant.
Each member of the audience received a copy of Simon’s new book HEART FOR THE GAME courtesy of the club.
Heart for the Game Press Announcement will be April 23, 2012
Here are the details of the events planned.
Heart for the Game, the incredible saga of simon keith will be available May 10, 2012. Available on Amazon in Hardcover, paperback and electronic forms.
Written by Simon Keith with Jason Cole and Don Yaeger, this incredible tale of Simon’s improbable comeback from heart transplant recipient to number draft pick into professional soccer will inspire.
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As part of Organ Donor Awareness Month, Simon was invited and threw out the first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple A Franchise, the Las Vegas 51’s. (Yes it was a strike!)
The Simon Keith Foundation supports the Mission of DONATE Life, and their drive for 20 million donors in 2012!! For more information on Donate Life click on Link.
Nobody had ever questioned the heart of former UNLV standout Simon Keith on the soccer pitch until July 7, 1989, in Wichita, Kan. Al Miller, then general manager of the Cleveland Crunch of the Major Indoor Soccer League, approached Keith at the Budweiser All-Star Senior Bowl for top American college soccer players and cut to the chase.
“Word is you have some kind of heart problem?”
Keith responded by fist-bumping his own chest.
“One in,” he said, “one out.”
Keith then scored a goal and assisted on two others.
One in. Two more in.
Over a plate of lettuce wraps, former UNLV soccer player Simon Keith realized, come November, he will have lived with his second heart longer than his first.
When he received a heart transplant at Papworth Hospital in England in 1986, he thought, “If I get 20 years out of this, I’m good.”
“Well guess what? I’m not good,” he says. “I want more than 20 years. I know my 10-year-old son wants me to have more than 20 years, ’cause I’m at year 21.