The Ripple Effect
The impact of one person makes waves.
The Swim with Mike Foundation changes the lives of many
by spreading hope, inspiring courage, and providing the
gift of education to physically challenged athletes.
Join the team today!
Harnessing the Power of the Ripple Effect
Our commitment to physically challenged athletes is to ensure that these individuals have the resources and support to thrive, and have an equitable and promising future. Our differences are our strengths, and together, we impact many.
After a dirt-biking accident left All-American swimmer Mike Nyeholt paralyzed in 1981, Swim With Mike Foundation co-founders Mike and Ron turned tragedy into triumph. Together, with the help of fellow USC swimming teammates and generous donors, they have changed the lives of 271 scholarship recipients who have attended 142 universities nationwide since Swim With Mike’s inception.
“The mission of Swim with Mike Foundation is to change the lives of student athletes who have experienced catastrophic injury or illness by providing scholarships, creating community and instilling hope and purpose.”
A drop, a ripple, a wave—join us, you can literally change a life. Together, we can do so much.
"Swim with Mike has helped me to pursue both my education and athletic career."
university of alabama '22
The Class of 2022-2023
Tragedy is not what defines lives, it is the hope, inspiration, and competitive spirit that define the scholarship recipients in the Swim with Mike Foundation family. Each of our scholarship recipients are on a journey to reach their full potential by pursuing their professional passions, athleticism, and personal goals through the university experience.Recipient Stories
Building the Wave of Impact Nationwide
40+ YEARS IN THE MAKING
A ripple in the pool by one swimmer magnifies to a wave with a team. The wave of impact the Swim with Mike Foundation has built through the help of donors, volunteers, and alumni recipients over 40 years offers a unique opportunity for physically challenged student-athletes to join a family of support while pursuing education and recreating a future after life-altering accident or illness.
THE RIPPLE EFFECT CONTINUES TO EXPAND
Creating a difference in one life impacts all of those around that person: family, friends, and teammates. The Ripple Effect magnifies as the outreach grows.
Donate to the Cause
The gift of education offers physically challenged student-athletes a unique opportunity to start a fresh chapter in their lives. Often light comes after adversity, and your gift illuminates
a path forward.
Make a donation today!
Apply for a Scholarship
Education empowers recipients to achieve self-sufficiency and to define and refocus their lives. We encourage student-athletes who have experienced catastrophic injury or illness to apply for a scholarship, and join the Swim with Mike community.
Start a Fundraising Campaign
Create a wave of support by building your own campaign. Recruit and inspire others to join you to magnify the impact of the Ripple Effect. Start with an idea, spread the word, and change a life!Begin
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In The News
Catch The Wave Fall Edition 2022
Fall brings the season of giving, thanks, and community- all principles that Swim With Mike was founded on over 42 years ago. In this fall edition of The Wave, we introduce our new scholarship recipients: 12 new recipients from 9 states and Australia, joining 37 returning recipients. Click below to learn more about the new recipients.
Regan Linton Debuts Documentary Imperfect
Swim With Mike Scholarship Alumni Regan Linton (UCSD MFA '13) debuts a film, Imperfect, she co-directed with features at the ReelAbilities Film Festival and Downtown LA Film Festival.
Austin Whitney Raises Awareness for Accessibility in the Music Industry
Swim With Mike Scholarship Alumni Austin Whitney (UC Berkeley JD '16) is the founder and Board President of Accessible Festivals and the President of Ten Fifty Entertainment where he works to ensure ADA compliance at some of the nation's largest festivals and events.