Athletes Make a Splash at Swim with Mike

    Members of the USC men and women's swim team coached kids from Bethune Middle School during Swim With Mike.
    April 21, 2015

    The Uytengsu Aquatics Center bubbled with excitement this past Saturday as the Trojan Family welcomed more than 2,000 guests to campus for the 35th Annual Swim with Mike.

    With a silent auction, relay races and, of course, the belly flop competition, the annual swim-a-thon featured something for everyone.

    Traveler even made an appearance and posed for photos throughout the afternoon.

    Along with the fun and games, the long-standing Trojan tradition raised an impressive amount of money. To date, this year's edition of Swim with Mike has raised more than $930,000 for the Physically Challenged Athletes Fund, which provides students the resources to overcome life-altering accidents or illnesses. The organization plans to fund 50 college scholarships next year.

    Current USC student-athletes played a major role in the execution of the event. Members of the men and women's Trojan swim team invited students from Bethune Middle School to participate in the day's festivities. The children had the opportunity to learn from their USC mentors at a swim clinic.

    The Trojan football team also showed up to support the initiative. Sophomore JuJu Smith, redshirt freshman Jordan Austin and 13 other players participated in a relay race with the USC Song Girls.

    The USC women's basketball team also joined the action, managing the Kid's Corner day care area throughout the day.

    Swim with Mike first started as a small fundraiser put together by Trojan swimmers to support teammate Mike Nyeholt, who suffered a broken neck from a motorcycle accident. The team raised money to buy Nyeholt, an All-American, a van with hand controls.

    Now an annual initiative, the non-profit has raised more than $15 million and provides academic opportunities for students with disabilities around the country. To learn more about Swim with Mike and how to support the cause, click here.