Mike Nyeholt

USC Business Administration & Finance


In 1981 Mike Nyeholt broke his neck in a motorcycle accident, a moment that changed his life forever. Nyeholt was an elite level swimmer who went on to achieve All American status, world ranking and three NCAA Swimming team titles at USC. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance in 1978 and had started to build his career as an Institutional Sales Professional at the Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles.

Mike’s accident inspired his lifelong friend and fellow swim team mate Ron Orr to organize a “Swim-a-Thon” to raise money for an adapted van. Nyeholt recognized that his athletic background, the support of others, his USC degree and work experience helped him move on to the point where he could not only survive but thrive. His vision created, developed and sustained Swim With Mike and the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund for 39 years, providing college scholarships to over 200 athletes who experienced injuries as he had.

Mike serves as the Chairman of the Board of Swim With Mike and has personally raised more than $1 million so far. In his professional life Mike worked his way up the ladder to Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing for the Capital Group Companies, an international investment money management firm. Mike is now retired from the Capital Group.

Mike continues to swim regularly and has swam more than 7,000 laps at Swim With Mike events alone. In his very limited leisure hours, he enjoys spectator sports, and cheering on the Trojans.

“It’s my hope that Swim With Mike and the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship which it supports, will continue to grow and assist the many who suffer disabling accidents. In the near term, we hope to endow an Executive Director position and many of the scholarships so that our vision and hope will outlive us all!”


To provide financial resources for advanced education that pave the way for physically challenged athletes to overcome their tragedies and realize their full potential.

Who We Are

Hundreds of dedicated volunteers, swimmers, sponsors, campaign directors and donors from 47 different states and across the globe.

We are 50 athletes attending 39 universities who have overcome life changing accidents or illnesses and are pursuing our educational dreams.

We are 181 alumni recipients who are doctors, lawyers, engineers, actors, social workers, accountants and teachers.

What We Do

We raise funds through an annual swim-a-thon, individual campaign directors’ campaigns across the nation and a pool party.

We swim laps, run, walk, roll, float and dedicate our time and dollars.

We thrive in spite of paralysis, amputation, and blindness.

Why We Do It

We are inspired by Mike Nyeholt and our 231 scholarship recipients.

After tragedy, getting back to education is getting back to life.

And we have a great time!

What We Have Achieved

We have raised over $21 million in 38 years.

We supported 231 college scholarships at 122 different schools.

We maintain a low overhead of less than 10% in administrative fees allowing more scholarships to be given.

We can do much more with your help.