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.

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At the 42nd Annual
Swim With Mike Reunion

Harnessing the Power of the Ripple Effect

THE IMPACT

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 HISTORY
Mission Statement

“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.
                                                                                          -Ron Orr

"Swim with Mike has helped me to pursue both my education and athletic career."

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university of alabama '22
meet the current scholars

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.

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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.
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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.

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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!

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See the impact we’ve made together


41

Years

$26

Million

271

Recipients

142

Universities

47

States

In The News

Catch The Wave Summer Edition 2022

The Wave Summer Edition 2022 is here! Take a deep dive into learning about our recent graduates and see what impact they are having on the world following their graduation.

Dillon Connolly Launches Zuk Fitness

Dillon Connolly launched Zuk Fitness in 2019. Zuk, short for Zero limitations and Unity through Kinesthetics, goes beyond fitness. It offers a sense of community for individuals with mobility impairments filled with positivity, motivation, and support. Check out Zuk Fitness' website: https://www.zukfitness.com

41st Annual Swim With Mike Raises $1.5 Million

In the True Spirit of The Ripple Effect, The 41st Annual Swim With Mike raises over $1.5 million for the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund. Since 1981, the Swim With Mike Foundation has been the leading national organization providing educational opportunities for physically challenged athletes. Hear from Co-Founders Ron Orr and Mike Nyeholt.