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25th Season Stories – Blake

Meet Blake Olson! As a proud graduate of the Gold Crown class of 2003, he played in the Highlands Ranch feeder program for four years. During college, Blake also worked as an intern in the Gold Crown Sports Programs Department. See what else Blake is doing now.

GC: What is your favorite Gold Crown memory?
BO: What stands out the most is the energy in every gym we played at and the high level of competition throughout the years.  Particularly, playing at the Field House is something I will always remember as it brought out the competitive spirit in the players, coaches, and crowd.

GC: Where did life take you after high school?
BO: I went a small school in Iowa to play basketball, but after a few injuries decided to move on from the game. I transferred to the University of Arizona to complete my degree. Currently, I’m working in commercial real estate in Los Angeles, California.

GC: How did playing youth sports prepare you for where you are today?
BO: Youth sports taught me the spirit of competition and always challenged me to bring my best effort. That has really translated into my profession and personal relationships today. Competitive youth sports were an integral part in helping form my work ethic and entrepreneurial mindset.  They also taught me the value of teamwork and having great people as a support system.

GC: Any last words of advice for current Gold Crown players?
BO: Invest in team success over individual success and the award will go much further in life! I formed some very close friendships during the Gold Crown days, and it really taught me that we can achieve more as a cohesive group than individuals.

We couldn’t say it any better than that. Thanks, Blake!