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Alex Torelli

"To me, the Swim With Mike scholarship program is a life changing opportunity for young people who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury. In helping me achieve my MBA, the scholarship will allow me to give back to the SCI/D community through more effective fundraising and hopefully board engagement in the future. After completing my degree I plan to further my career in Education through consulting and technology, helping organizations serving underrepresented populations achieve at a high level. I am thrilled by the opportunity to join the Swim With Mike family, and even more so to give back to the community through mentorship and fundraising."

Alex grew up in southern Connecticut and was a very active child.  He participated in soccer, basketball, hockey, baseball and swimming.  At the age of six he was introduced to two sports that he became very passionate about:  tennis and skiing.  He played on his state champion high school varsity tennis team.  In the winter he skied in Colorado, Utah and Vermont as much as possible until in 2012 he suffered an accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.  Since that day, remaining active has been pivotal to Alex’s physical and mental health.  Handcycling is a favorite and he has even returned to the slopes on a monoski.  Through handcycling, Alex has helped raise funds for organizations such as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the United Spinal Association.  Alex completed his Bachelors degree at Dickinson College in 2016 and has worked in finance in the education sector since then.  Post-MBA, Alex hopes to transition into the education technology industry, helping to deliver top-quality education to underserved and marginalized populations.  Alex is the first Swim With Mike scholarship recipient to attend Yale University.