On Saturday, The University of Southern California (USC) will hold its 27th Annual Swim With Mike swim-a-thon. A fundraiser for USC������s Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, 22 disabled athletes will be awarded scholarships, including 10 enrolled at USC.
After All-American USC swimmer Mike Nyeholt was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident in 1981, the school held a fundraiser to purchase a specially equipped van for him. What was meant as a one-time event has blossomed into an annual fundraiser that has raised over $6 million dollars in scholarship money for physically challenged athletes. In 2003, the fund -- which is the only one of its kind -- began awarding scholarships to students attending universities other than USC.
Highlighting this weekend will be a relay competition featuring football coach Pete Carroll and comedian and USC alum Will Ferrell. An inner-tube relay between the USC football team and the USC song girls will follow.
Active.com was unable to confirm whether or not Ferrell will attempt to upstage the cannonball he did as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman with a Triple Lindy, made famous by Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School. One can only hope������