Swim With Mike

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I am so excited to announce the next chapter of Hunter’s journey! Next week he’s heading to Northern Kentucky University to pursue a graduate degree in Industrial Psychology. Prayers are appreciated as he navigates a new school, new roommates, his own apartment and city life in Cincinnati 5 hours away from home. 🥲We are so proud of him and so thankful for the Swim With Mike Foundation at USC for continuing to support the emotional and academic goals of physically challenged athletes. Thank you everyone for the continued support and prayers for our entire family ❤️
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We are proud to present Mike Nyeholt ’78 with an Alumni Merit Award for his outstanding work with the Swim With Mike foundation, through which he’s helped to raise millions to provide scholarships to student-athletes with physical disabilities.
It feels like forever since we’ve been out at the pool for Swim With Mike but we’ll be back Saturday to perform at the 41st Annual Swim with Mike Reunion fundraiser.

The Swim with Mike Foundation provides the gift of education to physical challenged athletes.

Plan to be there.
Come swim with us in the Keys
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Dr. Bartner who was given the Volunteer of the Year Award from Swim With Mike last weekend!
First-ever 40x40 event, on April 3rd 2021. Thanks to my super sponsors

40th Anniversary of Swim With Mike
Due to the pandemic, this year’s important fundraiser is a virtual event!

Watch and check in here! https://www.swimwithmike.org/

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The 40th Annual Swim With Mike begins at 4:00pm (PT)!

Will we have figured out the technical issues by then? Tune in to find out!
Swim w/ Mike 2021 at RBAC
Join us (virtually) at Swim With Mike on April 10!
A diving accident in high school left Zachary Pickett paralyzed just as he reached his prime. But that didn’t stop the Swim With Mike scholarship recipient from pursuing his athletic passions!
Thursday SCI Photo of the Day! Congrats to Cory Sullivan, an adaptive race car driver and T5 paraplegic, who was married last month. He is also a Swim With Mike scholarship participant. Follow him on Insta @ https://www.instagram.com/CoryE46/

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Swim With Mike (SWM) and the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund (the Fund) were inspired by University of Southern California (USC) All-American swimmer, Mike Nyeholt, who suffered a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in a motorcycle accident after graduation. Since 1981, the foundation has grown and continually helped challenged athletes by providing financial resources for advanced education.

Operating as usual


Happy Birthday to Rachel Norris, a junior Biology major at Texas Tech!

“I never thought I’d be able to do all that I have been doing and am beyond thankful for this scholarship!”

We’re two weeks away from the 42nd Swim with Mike at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center at USC. Support Rachel and her fellow recipients by joining us on the pool deck April 1!


Wishing a Happy Birthday to Andrew Donnellen, soon-to-be graduate from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona!
“All my accomplishments would ABSOLUTELY not have been possible without the amazing donations and support from SWM donors.”
Support our recipients on April 1 at the 42nd Swim with Mike at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center at USC.

Photos from Swim With Mike's post 03/13/2023

Happy Birthday wishes go out to recipients Teisha Shadwell (3/12) and Nadia Burns (today!). Teisha is studying Nursing at University of Arizona and Nadia is at UGA - Go Dawgs! - studying Fashion Merchandising and Sustainability.


Our own Mike, at Jersey Mike’s, with the Stanley Cup!


Happy Happiest Birthday to UCLA Design and Media Arts grad student, wheelchair tennis player and SWM recipient Krista Ramirez-Villatoro!

Join Bruin Krista at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center on April 1, 2023 for the 42nd Annual Swim With Mike.


Birthday best wishes to SWM recipient and Bridgewater State freshman Matt Hylen. Happy, happy birthday!
Celebrate all recipients and alums at our 42nd Swim With Mike event at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center on April 1, 2023!


Happy Happiest Birthday to SWM recipient, USC senior and head student manager of the football team, Alex Ruiz! Join him and other recipients April 1, 2023 at the USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center for the 42nd Swim with Mike event!


Look who’s helping organize the 42nd event! Thank you Helenes and Knights for showing up today with Knights Treasurer and SWM recipient Miles Molnar.


This Sunday we wish a Happy Birthday to one of our newest scholars, Blake Holst, who’s studying at the University of Texas, Austin.


Wishing a happiest birthday to SWM scholarship recipient and Gonzaga University junior, Allison McKernan! Alli is studying Engineering Management with a concentration in Computer Engineering and minors in both Business and Applied Mathematics.


@ SWM 42nd Annual Campaign Kickoff with scholarship council member Monica Morita, recipient Alex Ruiz and Co-Founder and Executive Director Ron Orr. Join them April 1, 2023 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center at USC!



Three out of the top four schools in today’s CFP semifinals are represented by SWM recipients! Best of luck!


A throwback photo of SWM scholar Kie Fujii’s UCSD days, in honor of her birthday today. She’s now pursuing an MD at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Happy Birthday, Kie!


As this year draws to a close, SWM celebrates the progress new recipient Blake Holst is making…and how ‘bout that shirt?


Happy Happiest Birthday greeting to University of Nevada, Reno freshman and SWM scholarship recipient Amanda Joens! Read her bio and those of her fellow recipients at www.swimwithmike.org


Current Recipient killing it on the court. Keep up the great work!


We celebrate SWM recipient and Cal State Los Angeles Kinesiology major Ignacio Montoya today. Happy Birthday to a dedicated researcher and accessible space flight ambassador!


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Happy Birthday to MBA student Alex Torelli, the foundation’s first recipient to attend Yale University!


Today’s birthday greetings go out to scholarship recipient Myles Molnar, a junior and member of the Trojan Knights at the University of Southern California.


We send Happy Birthday wishes to recipient and doctoral student at William James College, Alex Goldmeier!


Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful friends, families, and scholarship recipients. We are so grateful for you!


Today’s November birthday greeting goes out to recipient and East Carolina University student Matthew Parks!


Another November Happy Birthday to Meredith College senior and scholarship recipient Emma Bailey!


Happy Happiest Birthday to new 2022-23 recipient and UC Davis junior Nick Harris!


Happy Birthday to scholarship recipient and senior at University of Colorado, Boulder Mark Wilbourne!


Jake Olson] was a long snapper for the USC football team and a alumni recipient (USC ‘19) Jake embodies “Fight On” by following his passions after becoming blind from a rare form of cancer, retinoblastoma. Here, Jake celebrates the Trojan Family and a football victory in the coliseum.

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Last night was a very special night to be with this dude around Trojan football. 13 years ago it would have been a Wednesday night and 12 year old me would’ve been hanging on Kris’s arm at practice trying to take everything in as I knew it was my last night of sight. And 13 years ago this morning KO was playing mario kart with me in the pre-op of the hospital as I began to weep for what was to come. Who would have known all that was yet to come but God himself, but all I know is if it weren’t for the love from that 61 and the Trojan family, I would have never been 61 for the Trojan family. We wouldn’t be Trojans if we didn’t Fight On and Fight On together ✌🏼 Love you KO and Trojan family


Happy birthday to SWM scholarship recipient and Clemson sophomore McKenna Woodhead!

Photos from Swim With Mike's post 11/06/2022

Meet Hunter Garstin, a returning scholarship recipient. After successfully completing his bachelor’s degree in psychology, Hunter is now pursuing his master’s degree at Northern Kentucky University. We are grateful to have Hunter as a member of the Swim With Mike family


The High Fives Foundation]] is doing incredible work to make outdoor activities accessible for physically challenged athletes. Many recipients have been involved with the High Fives Foundation]] and living an active life in the great outdoors offers incredible opportunities!

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a smile and a picture is worth a thousand words.


A big congratulations for scholarship recipient McKenna Woodhead (Clemson ‘25) for her outstanding athleticism. In addition to tennis, McKenna water skis, snow skis, and plays rugby. Way to go McKenna!

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What a weekend!! Mckenna played incredibly well in Tuscaloosa and came home with a silver ball for being a C doubles finalist with her partner. Please help us congratulate Mckenna and her doubles partner, Nick.
Thank you to and his staff, officials, and volunteers on running a fantastic USTA wheelchair tennis national championships! Go Tigers!!


Keep up the good work, Austin! Austin Whitney (Cal JD ‘16) is leading meaningful work in the music world- enabling concerts to be more accessible for all.

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Last month, Accessible Festivals Founder and President, Austin Whitney, and Executive Director, Amy Pinder, had the opportunity to meet with members of GM's DEI team at Made in America Festival to collaborate on accessibility practices at live events, and to celebrate the launch of their Neighbor Hoods Charity Art Auction, the proceeds of which will support Accessible Festivals! 🎉🎶

To learn more and take a closer look at the amazing artists, click the link in our bio! 👀🎨

ID: Accessible Festivals Founder and President, Austin, and Executive Director, Amy, pose with Jose, a member of GM's DEI team at Made In America Festival. They are in front of a lush plant wall with GM's logo in the center. All are smiling and wearing black shirts. 



Scholarship Recipient McKenna Woodhead (Clemson ‘25) sharing one of her passions- hiking in the great outdoors with incredible views!

Photos from Swim With Mike's post 09/16/2022

Congratulations to Scholarship Alumni Austin Whitney (Cal JD ‘16) for his work ensuring ADA compliance at the nation’s largest music festivals as the founder and Board President of Accessible Festivals.

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We are so grateful for the outpouring of support for our new program, The Dan Grover Memorial Ticket Grant Program, which provides free festival tickets to disabled music fans!

Thanks to , , , , , for covering this story! (Article links in bio!)

Apply now for tickets to , , , , , , and many more! (Application link in bio!)

Image Description: A music fan in a wheelchair is lifted up in a sea of people at a live music event. His hands are raised in the air and his face shows pure joy. The Accessible Festivals logo is pictured over text that reads: "The Dan Grover Memorial Ticket Grant Program" provides free festival tickets to disabled music fans! End description.]

Photos from Swim With Mike's post 09/14/2022

Wishing a very happy birthday to co-founder Mike Nyeholt! The impact of Swim With Mike, known as the Ripple Effect, has grown nationwide with tremendous outreach to not only our scholarship recipients, but their families, friends, and communities. Today, we salute you and your outstanding vision!


Catch The Wave, Impact Report. This summer edition of the newsletter honors the seniors. Take a deep dive into learning about our recent graduates! Link to the digital copy is in highlights.


Shop AmazonSmile to support the Swim With Mike Foundation and continue the Ripple Effect! Visit our website and click Get Involved —> Ways to Give for our unique charity link.


Current Recipient Ignacio Montoya (M.S., Cal State LA) is making strides for paralysis patients. featured Ignacio Ignacio Montoya] on LA Times Today. Visit our website to learn more about Ignacio’s story and the incredible work he is doing.

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Made it on the LA Times TV Channel! Another great news report and video by the LA Times about our work with neuromodulation and aggressive effort-driven, activity-based training to demonstrate what is possible in our quest to reverse paralysis and ultimately help change the standard of care in the process. This came just in time for the SCI Neuromodulation “Moving Beyond Isolated Systems” conference in Louisville, Kentucky this week. This is the message that I and Dr. Edgerton want to reinforce and have the evidence to back up: it’s time for researchers in this area to analyze and see the whole person and ALL physiological systems affected by paralysis, which is all. Paralysis disrupts and severely affects EVERYTHING below the lesion and it translates to reactions that affect the whole body, not just a lack of mobility and/or sensations or a certain function. Rather than just focusing on isolated systems and objectives, we are demonstrating that our improvements are translating to functional gains in many different systems and functions validating the premise that it’s time to start viewing neuromodulation and it’s effects as an integrated holistic approach to the treatment of paralysis and it’s secondary complications. More great breakthroughs and results will be discussed and presented at the Society for Neuroscience Symposium this November where I will be presenting my first scientific abstract.


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