The Swim With Mike fund has been around for more than 30 years. It has helped athletes that attend the University of Arizona and schools around the country. For the first time the U of A held an event to help give to Swim With Mike.
Swim With Mike was started back in 1981. It was named after USC swimmer Mike Nyeholt. Nyeholt a three-time All American was paralyzed from the chest down after a motorcycle accident. The fund began to help him get a specialty van. Now it is helping athletes get money to pay for college.
At the rec center at the U of A, more than 80 people gathered for a inner tube water polo tournament. The tournament was to help give back to Swim With Mike since it's a non-profit.
The fund helps athletes that played a sport, before they became physically disabled due to a sever injury or illness. Dana Mathewson is a recipient of one of the 2012-2013 Swim With Mike scholarship. She plays on the wheelchair tennis team at the U of A and helped organize the event.
Joe Kay also received a Swim With Mike scholarship and graduated in 2009. Kay a former star basketball player at Tucson High, suffered a stroke after a victory celebration on the court. He had a full ride to Stanford to play volleyball, before he was partially paralyzed on his right side. Stanford gave Kay a half scholarship and he also got help from Swim With Mike. Today he was giving back to the fund that helped him.
If you would like to learn more about the fund, click the link below.