Alex Goldmeier

Through adversity comes strength. The Swim with Mike Foundation scholarship has enabled me to pursue my passions and have meaning in life after my spinal cord injury.” 

Alex was an athlete his entire life, playing on his golf and tennis teams in high school and skiing and playing intramural soccer in college. Besides his love for sports, Alex has always been passionate about psychology and the human mind. He received his B.S. in psychology from the University of Vermont, and had multiple internships working in the field. While skiing on Presidents Day, February 19, 2018, Alex had a catastrophic ski accident, hitting a tree and breaking nearly everything in his body. He sustained a subdural brain hematoma, a shattered face, broken ribs, a broken collarbone, broken wrist, punctured lung, lacerated kidney, and a T-4 Spinal Cord Injury leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his dreams of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. He has found that through adversity comes growth. Like many Swim with Mike scholarship recipients, Alex went to Craig Hospital for rehabilitation, where he was recommended to apply for the SWM scholarship. He hopes that his real-life experience and doctoral degree will allow him to make a difference by helping others who have also experienced traumatic events.