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Charlie Olmert

History & Literature


Olmert has maintained a 3.97 GPA while pursuing a degree in history & literature at Harvard. He has also made time to serve as a peer advisor in the department, as well.

Recently, Olmert was named a John Harvard Scholar after earning a grade-point average that placed him inside the Top 5% of his class. He also received the Detur Book Prize, which is the oldest prize awarded by Harvard and is given to sophomores who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance. In addition to those accolades, Olmert was also named one of 64 national finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship

He received the highest grade of double high honors for his capstone junior essay in history & literature.


Olmert, who always displays tremendous character and leadership, is the epitome of a student-athlete.

Last September, he was selected to serve as team captain for the Crimson. Olmert was also previously elected by his teammates as class representative for the team’s leadership council as both a freshman and sophomore. Putting his leadership on full display, Olmert helped lead Harvard through the pandemic-shortened season and the cancelled season the following year. He kept in touch with his teammates and was a constant source of motivation as they trained in groups.

In addition to his leadership, Olmert has displayed tremendous perseverance as he has overcome numerous injuries in his career. He has gone through six surgical procedures from various tears and breaks.

Off of the field, Olmert serves as the Vice President of the Constitutional Law Society, a debate club on campus.


Olmert is actively involved in multiple community-related activities with his teammates.

He volunteers weekly as a coach for Harlem Lacrosse-Boston, an organization that provides opportunities to students in urban public schools around the country through the sport of lacrosse. During the 2020-2021 school year, Olmert participated in weekly Zooms, and last fall, he helped coached weekly practices at East Boston Memorial Park.

Olmert is involved in Team IMPACT as well. Along with a few of his teammates, Olmert spends time with Braxton Moore, a 5th grader with disabilities who is part of the men’s lacrosse team through the program. This has involved grabbing meals with Braxton, inviting him to practice, and having a Christmas party with him.

Olmert has also taken a lead in efforts to support the HEADstrong Foundation. HEADstrong is a foundation dedicated to the memory of Nick Colleluori, a Hofstra University lacrosse player who died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 21 in 2006. Olmert communicated with Pat Colleluori, who heads the HEADstrong Foundation, and led the team’s fundraising efforts in 2020 and 2021 to raise over $10,000. Harvard competed in the HEADstrong Fall Classic at Johns Hopkins in October 2021.

Lastly, Olmert participates in Bike to the Beach, a 102-mile bike ride from Boston, Mass. to Newport, R.I. that raises money for and awareness around Autism. He successfully completed the ride in September 2017 and 2018 and helped a team fundraising effort that raised over $35,000 between 2017 and 2019.


Olmert is a leader and key figure to Harvard’s growth on the field.

During his freshman campaign in 2018, Olmert’s success on the field led to an All-New England second team nod. Playing in all 13 games, Olmert ended the season with 15 ground balls, five caused turnovers, and one goal. Olmert finished fourth on the team in caused turnovers and ranked in the top-10 in groundballs.

Appearing in all 13 games his sophomore season as well, Olmert registered six points (four goals and two assists), along with five groundballs and one caused turnover.

Harvard experienced a shortened 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic that left the team with just three games on the season. In those three games, Olmert recorded two groundballs. Olmert will return for his senior season in 2022 after the cancelation of the 2021 season by the Ivy League.

In 29 career games, Olmert has amassed 22 ground balls, six caused turnovers and seven points (five goals and two assists).