Olson developed his skills in high school, under Coach Peterson at Orange Lutheran High School. Having lost one eye as an infant and the second at age 12 to retinoblastoma, Olson learned to live without sight, and became passionate about playing football in high school. He works with his teammates to know when and where to snap, and is so consistently good that he attends USC on an athletic scholarship for students with physical disabilities.
May Olson be a more regular presence on the field during his Junior and Senior years. He is a living example of abilities that defy the stereotypical physical expectations. His high school coaches and teammates embraced including him on their team, and Olson served as their regular long snapper. It opened the opportunity to play for USC, to receive an athletic scholarship, and to teach us how much ability and hard work can accomplish in an inclusive world.
Shepherding our children to adulthood demands our love, our attention, and our acceptance of who they are.