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������
Lynne Cox is a famed open water swimmer and author of the best-selling book ���Swimming to Antarctica���--a chronicle of her swims across the Bering Strait, the English Channel (twice), and one mile to the shores of Antarctica, through 32 degree temperature. Her new book, Grayson, is the remarkable story of her experience swimming with a lost gray whale off the coast of California when she was just 17 years old. We spoke to get her thoughts on that amazing experience and how it inspired her later ground-breaking achievements.