Mara Hunter Redden

Mara Hunter Redden

Ojai, CA
Phillips Graduate Institute – MA in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy – 1996
University of Southern California – BA in Physical Education/Recreation, 1975

In 1981, Mara learned from Ron Orr that friend and fellow Trojan Mike Nyeholt had broken his neck in a motorcycle accident. When Ron suggested that he had to do something to help Mike and his family begin the long recovery process, Mara enthusiastically jumped in as one of the founding volunteer coordinators of Swim For Mike. Her responsibilities included recruiting volunteers, coordinating venue set-up and soliciting donors.

Mara continued her volunteering while she worked as an Associate Director of University Events, for the Los Angeles Olympic Committee, and as an Assistant Athletic Director in the USC Athletics Department from 1985-1996. In 1995 she was awarded the Helen of Troy Award for outstanding service to USC Women’s Athletics. In 2000 Swim With Mike honored her with the President Gerald and Betty Ford “People Helping People” award. And in 2003 she was awarded the USC Alumni Service Award. Mara is also a member of the USC Skull and Dagger.

Mara and her husband Dan continue to act as the coordinators of the host families for the USC Women’s Tennis Team during the Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. (1996 – present) She is also very active with the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation Guild.

“My dream for the Swim With Mike is to one day have the Swim With Mike name and mission be a prominent name in our country’s repertoire of national charities. In addition I would like to see our scholarship recipients acting as an integral part of the organization and management of the Swim With Mike program.”

Join Mara’s Team 60

For many people from Hawaii and the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic –Trojans, Bruins, Wildcats, Bears, Rainbow Warriors, Cardinals and more –Swim With Mike is the link that binds us to our extended family. This year as I celebrate the Big 60, I will swim and/or walk a mile every day with my yellow lab, Daisy. I will attend the SWM events on: April 14 at USC, May 5 at UCSD and May 19 at Stanford.

I hope you will join my Team 60 and Daisy to help me raise money for the 32nd Annual Swim With Mike! To get involved, email Mara at