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Football and blind kids? You betcha!

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??? Aw man I looooooove that expression, that song! I am a die hard football fan, so when I gave birth to my boys I would sit and wonder what football positions they’d love to play.  I wondered if they’d have the guts to be the quarterback or the drive to be a wide receiver.  However, in all of my daydreams of my guys on the football field, I never thought about them being on the Offensive Line, let alone at the center of it, literally.

In my latest video I reveal how football remained an important part of my mom life, even though BOTH of my sons are blind. And an interesting note: I mention one of my favorite Philly people of all time, Merrill Reese (voice of the Philadelphia Eagles) and why he is a game changer for us.  My younger son, Mitchell, calls Merrill his “Eyes on Sunday” – and Philadelphia’s blind community does too.  Merrill was awarded the prestigious Louis Braille Award form the Associated Services for the Blind for being every blind Eagles’ fan’s eyes on Sunday!! Quite frankly, he’s just the nicest guy as well.

Watch the latest video in my THRIVING BLIND: Set Extraordinary Expectations series and find out just how football has been a central part of my mom life, my mom-of-blind-kids life too 🙂 And take a good look (no pun intended!) at what you might be missing out on because you are not setting extraordinary expectations for your life – and get back in the game!



1:50  At nine years old Michael expressed an interest in playing football

2:15  What position made sense for him to play

4:00  How playing football helped other areas of Michael’s life

4:30  My younger blind son, Mitchell, loves football… for a different reason.

4:47  Philly icon Merrill Reese

5:40  Ask your child what activities they want to try and try them!

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Kristin Smedley is an author, non profit leader and TEDx speaker.  She originally planned to be a third grade teacher… and then two of her three children were diagnosed as blind.  Kristin now shares her journey of raising her kids to not just survive challenges, but to thrive!  She speaks around the globe regarding blindness and resilience,  and she just launched her new series teaching people to SEE: Set Extraordinary Expectations!  Watch her TEDx talk here and get info regarding her new book here.  If you  are interested to have Kristin speak at your upcoming event,  email her at or contact her here!

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About Kristin Smedley

Kristin Smedley is the Best Selling author of Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight and Brilliantly Resilient: Reset, Rise and Reveal Your Brilliance. A recognized expert in the blindness and rare disease communities, Kristin won the highly regarded Champion of Hope Award and was named an Ambassador for the National Organization of Rare Disorders. Kristin is a popular, in demand speaker who has been invited to share her message internationally.


As CEO of a global patient organization, she coordinated legislation (H.R. #625) that became the first in US history to be submitted in Braille. Kristin spoke at the FDA to help achieve the first ever FDA approved gene therapy to treat an inherited retinal disease in the United States. Her TEDx Talk, book and international summit change perceptions of blindness, and sparked a global movement, Thriving Blind Academy, that is solving the unemployment, literacy, and financial crisis in the blind the community.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristin co-founded Brilliantly Resilient to help people come through life’s challenges and setbacks brilliant, not broken.