USC Football Team And Rod Dedeaux Will Participate In 'Swim With Mike'

April 11, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The 2002 USC football team, along with legendary former Trojan baseball coach Rod Dedeaux, will join hundreds of participants in the water at the 22nd annual 'Swim With Mike' swim-a-thon fundraiser this Saturday (April 13) at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium.

The event, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission and parking, hopes to raise more than $400,000 for the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund at USC. Since 1981, more than $3 million has been raised to provide more than 40 USC scholarships to athletes who have overcome life-challenging accidents or illnesses. Twelve of those athletes are currently enrolled at USC.

The Trojan football team will swim a position-against-position relay race at 11 a.m.

Dedeaux, who led USC to an unprecedented 11 College World Series championships, will receive the 'President Gerald and Betty Ford People Helping People Award' at noon.

A barbeque, raffle and silent auction will follow, with music provided by the Trojan Marching Band. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be in attendance. USC swimming coach Mark Schubert and Trojan Olympic swimmers Lenny Krayzelburg, Lindsay Benko, John Naber, Klete Keller and Erik Vendt will conduct a swim clinic.

The 'Swim' began in 1981 when friends and teammates of USC 3-time All-American swimmer Mike Nyeholt rallied to his aid to help him recover from a paralyzing motorcycle accident. What was to be a one-time event, 'Swim For Mike,' raised $58,000. At Nyeholt's suggestion, the excess donations were used to establish the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund. The next year, Nyeholt joined other swimmers in the water helping raise money and the swim-a-thon became an annual event, which was renamed 'Swim With Mike.'

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