Hello my is Damon J Smith was born and raised in the California Bay Area town of Vallejo, where he spent a majority of his youth competing in various sports, including soccer, track, basketball, football, baseball, and BMX racing. After high school he earned an athletic scholarship to pursue his goal of playing professional football at Utah State University. He completed four years at Utah State with a Bachelors Degree in MIS with an emphasis in computer science and then earned the opportunity to play professional football with the Calgary Stampeders.
Upon sustaining a season ending injury with the Stampeders, Damon transitioned out of pro ball and into the business world, joining the engineering team at Intel Corporation. He then established a publishing company, Inspiring Minds Publications, authored and published a sports motivation book titled, “Don’t Stop the Swagger: Preparing the Mind, Body & Soul for Peak Performance.” The book shares his athletic approach to developing talent through a strong work ethic, discipline and strategy, and applying that approach to all areas of life, specifically in the area of entrepreneurship.
In 2005, Damon traveled to Brazil where he met a number of young people who had persevered through extremely harsh living conditions. Inspired by their hopes and dreams, he produced a documentary based on his book that highlights the trials and ultimate victories of two young Brazilians faced with overwhelming odds. He later published the life story written by one of the documentary’s main characters, titled, “Rescued to Tell: Diary of a Street Kid.”
Soon after, Damon was recognized by Essence Magazine as one of 50 “Do-Right-Men.”
Always seeking to be a social advocate, Damon started a talk radio show on Sacramento/Bay Area radio station, KFIA 710AM. “The Damon J. Smith Show” aired weekly from 2007 through 2008, and featured interviews with professional athletes such as former Oakland Raider Jerone Davison, former Redskin/49er Rod Moore, former Toronto Blue Jay Kevin Bracey, as well as his former coach and then UCLA Bruins Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker. Damon and his guests discussed socially oriented and controversial issues, and offered in-depth coverage of the 2008 Presidential Elections.
In 2006, Smith, an athlete at heart, had returned to the world of sport, only this time pursuing his lifelong passion for racing motocross. Though he had never ridden a motorcycle, he decided to put the premise of his book Don’t Stop the Swagger to action and see how far he could take it. By his third year of racing, Smith advanced to the competitive intermediate level. He began pursuing national level races, and qualified and competed at top amateur race in the world, the 2008 Loretta Lynn’s National Motocross Championships. The following year he qualified and competed in the World Amateur Arena Cross Finals held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, and by the end of his third year of racing, he set out to pass the rigorous qualification process required to advance to the pro level. Over the course of three months he traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico; Salt Lake City, Utah; Reno, Nevada; Boise, Idaho and Spokane, Washington, competing against hundreds of other riders in an effort to earn his American Motorcycle Association (AMA) points and Professional License.
By the end of May, Damon earned his professional license and competed in select 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 AMA supercross and motocross events.
Over the years Damon’s energy and diverse gifts have led him to achieve a variety of outstanding accomplishments, culminating in the creation of a health and wellness company titled Souletics®. He mentors underserved middle and high school students, incorporating health, wellness and mental preparation with STEM education, through the non-profit arm of his company, Souletics® STEM. He also serves on the board of “Girls Going Global,” an international girls’ charter school that incorporates STEM education.
Damon recently celebrated his 18th year as a Senior Physical Design Engineer (Mask Designer) with Intel Corporation. In April 2014, he was invited to speak about health and technology at the International Health, Wellness & Society Summit in Vancouver, Canada. In July 2014, he traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, following the World Cup to speak on race and the impact of sports on society at the International Sport & Society Conference.
Throughout all of his endeavors, Damon has sought to positively impact the community. He currently focuses his efforts toward building a pool of self disciplined, creative and educated young people empowered in mind, body and soul to leave a legacy for future generations.
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