Simon Keith

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Simon Keith
Personal information
Full name Simon Keith
Date of birth (1965-05-25) 25 May 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Lewes, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1971–1983 Lansdowne Soccer Association
1983–1984 University of Victoria Vikings
1987–1989 UNLV Rebels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Victoria Vistas
1990 Winnipeg Fury
1989–1990 Cleveland Crunch 52 (6)
1990–1991 Montreal Supra
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Simon Keith, was born in 1965 in Lewes, England. Simon moved to Victoria, BC Canada in 1967. He went to Mount Douglas Secondary School 1981-83 where he played on a soccer team with notable teammates Jeff Mallett and John Hughes.

Keith played at the University of Victoria for the Vikings soccer team where in 1984 he was diagnosed with myocarditis, a deterioration of the heart muscle. In 1986, he was the recipient of a heart transplant. The surgery was done in Papworth Hospital outside London[1] by Dr. Mohsin Hakim.[2]

Keith then moved to Las Vegas in 1987 where he played soccer for the UNLV Rebels with his older brother Adam. He has the distinction of being the first athlete ever to have played professional sports after having undergone a heart transplant, Simon was the number one overall pick in the 1989 professional indoor soccer draft.[3] by the Cleveland Crunch of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Keith also played professionally for the Victoria Vistas, the Winnipeg Fury and the Montreal Supra of the Canadian Soccer League.

Keith is now the CEO of the Simon Keith Foundation,[4] where he is devoted to increasing organ donor awareness. The Simon Keith Foundation is designed to educate transplant recipients. Simon is one of the longest living heart transplant recipients and has lived the majority of his life with his second heart.

Simon released HEART FOR THE GAME the incredible saga of Simon Keith in May 2012. Simon currently is the COO at Nevada Donor Network in Las Vegas,NV.


  1. ^ "Soccer Player With Transplanted Heart Upsets Thinking About Rehabilitation". Victoria: Los Angeles Times. 23 November 1990. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "His heart was in the game". Victoria: Las Vegas Sun. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ LaFontaine, Pat; Valutis, Ernie; Griffin, Chas; Weisman, Larry (2000). Companions in Courage: Triumphant Tales of Heroic Athletes. Hachette Digital. ISBN 9780446527057. 
  4. ^ "The Simon Keith Foundation". Retrieved April 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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