TEDx Jay DeMerit

A 3 sport-athlete having played soccer for 5months of the year and mainly as a forward (Striker), which earned Jay DeMerita little scholarship into College. During his first year at College, due to injuries and suspension, Jay was asked to fill in at Defence, somewhere he had never played before. After 4 years at College and not making the professional leagues in the U.S., Jay left for Europe at the age of 23 without any professional experience – only a passport, $1500 and a backpack full of dreams.

DeMerit went from barely scraping by, to creating a legacy. He became an instant hero in England when he helped his team earn promotion to the English Premier league by scoring the “40 million pound goal”, was one of the few players who got to play every minute of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the list goes on

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