Jeremy Poincenot

Jeremy Poincenot

    • Legally blind at the age of 19
    • World Blind Golf Champion at 20
    • Philanthropist for Life

Travels from San Diego, CA

Keynote fee: Contact Forte Speakers

 

When Jeremy Poincenot turned 19 in October, 2008, he was a typical San Diego State University sophomore. He enjoyed college life, friends, his fraternity and sports, and had 20/20 vision. Over the next few months Jeremy mysteriously lost his central vision first in one eye, then the other. He can no longer read without extreme magnification, drive, nor distinguish faces. He was eventually diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) that left him legally blind. LHON affects only about 100 people in the U.S. each year, and has no treatment and no cure.

At first Jeremy assumed that losing his vision meant losing the ability to play golf, the sport he’d loved all his life. He soon learned that with a guide he can still play and compete. In 2010 he shocked the field of 60 from 14 countries at the World Blind Golf Championships in England by winning with a dramatic chip-in on a playoff hole. He has continued his success and is the U.S. National B-2 Blind Golf Champion.

Jeremy is striving to raise awareness of LHON, and to generate funds so that researchers can find a cure for this orphan disease. His mom, sister and brother are at risk of blindness, making the mission intensely personal. Jeremy and his friends created C.U.R.E. (Cycling Under Reduced Eyesight), an annual fundraising bike ride. Having already raised over $100,000 for LHON research, his current goal is to raise $1 million.

By sharing his story of suddenly becoming legally blind and turning adversity into triumph, Jeremy inspires audiences to overcome their own life challenges and live strong, confident lives. His warm, engaging manner captures the interest and hearts of his listeners.

Jeremy describes the dramatic experience of shifting from fully-sighted, happy-go-lucky college sophomore, to legally blind, World Blind Golf Champion in his engaging program, “My Life’s a Blur.”

While initially feeling depressed about his vision loss, Jeremy soon realized that he needed to focus on what remained possible, rather than dwell on what he had lost.

Through his honest and moving account of learning to not only accept but embrace his blindness, Jeremy delivers memorable insights the audience can easily implement to become more resilient in the face of adversity.

Hearing Jeremy speak will make everyone in your audience respond to life’s obstacles in a different way.

 

Article in ESPN e news: http://espn.go.com/blog/green-bay-packers/post/_/id/28708

Video: ABC’s 20/20 investigative report “My strange affliction”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yxJqJQ52-8#t=81

 

KEYNOTE

My Life’s A Blur

Jeremy Poincenot describes the dramatic experience of shifting from a fully-sighted, happy-go-lucky college sophomore, to legally blind, World Blind Golf Champion.

While initially being depressed about his vision loss, Jeremy soon realized that he needed to focus on what remained possible, rather than dwell on what he had lost.

Through his honest and moving account of learning to not only accept, but embrace, his blindness, Jeremy delivers memorable insights the audience can easily implement to become more resilient in the face of adversity.

 

Turning Adversity into Triumph

Jeremy inspires audiences to overcome their own life challenges, and empowers them to be more resilient when faced with adversity.

At the age of 19, Jeremy suddenly became legally blind due to a rare genetic disease with no treatment and no cure. By learning to use attitude to turn challenge into an opportunity, Jeremy won the World Blind Golf Championship at age 20.

Hearing Jeremy speak will make everyone in your audience respond to life’s obstacles in a different way.

TESTIMONIALS

“I couldn’t help but be captivated by the air about you. You have a strong sense of self-confidence and optimism that caught my attention immediately. I appreciated how honest you were about your feelings, both the positive and the negative aspects.” – Jessica R.

“Jeremy has a talent for motivating people, and a way of making every person he speaks with feel that they are the most important person in the room.” Michael B.

“Thank you for your involvement in Adobe Bluffs 6th Annual Ability Awareness Celebration. Teaching students to honor and value all people is something we consider high priority. We could not have done this without your support. I have no doubt our students will talk about this event for the rest of the school year! You helped make a difference!” – ADOBE BLUFFS Ability Awareness Celebration

“Great guest speaker tonight! Jeremy Poincenot’s story was amazing and so inspirational. So glad that I got to meet him and have a conversation with him. He just thinks so positively and is so energetic and has taught me not to take anything for granted anymore. He’s such an amazing person and and even better storyteller!”  St. Norbett College

“Jeremy is one of the most engaging, inspiring, and professional speakers I’ve had the honor to work with. He brings insight, wisdom, and perspective to the audience that motivates and encourages. Individuals who attended this event are stopping me to rave over his message and overall presentation.” Huntington Hospital

“THANK YOU SO MUCH! We are so grateful you were the health expo keynote speaker. Your story was truly inspiring and memorable. It’s speakers like you that will make a difference in the health and well-being of students.” San Diego State University

“Your story was very powerful and gave our campus community a very important message that no matter the obstacles we face in life we are in charge of our own success.”  Montana Western University

 


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