Hand it to USC for giving you a case of the warm-and-fuzzies to kick off the week on a happy note.
You didn’t have to be a Pac-12 aficionado to know the story of Jake Olson, the young Trojans fan who lost his right eye to retina cancer. Now he is set to be a Trojan himself.
Olson’s story, which was chronicled on ESPN’s College Game Day back in 2009, has resurfaced this week in light of exciting news: the now-18-year-old Olson is getting ready to attend USC, and will have the opportunity to be a walk-on for the team.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Olson, 18, was introduced as a Swim With Mike scholarship winner in February during an event where video highlights of incoming football players were shown to Trojans fans. He would join the program as a walk-on.
Olson said he was “stoked” to be headed to USC, which also accepted his sister.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said.
The scholarship, which is given out annually in coordination with a swim-a-thon at USC every April, boasts sending some 178 student athletes who have suffered a physical disability or illness to colleges across the country.
It only seems fitting that this year’s recepient is already a big part of the Trojan family.
Olson’s story is worthy of more than just a walk-on, some believe. In fact, football coach Steve Sarkisian told the Times he thinks a movie will be made about Olson some day, and that having a hand in the team will be a nice piece in that puzzle.
“Someday, he’s going to snap in a game for us,” Sarkisian said in the Times article. “When? I don’t know. But it will happen.”
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