USC does not have a hockey team, but the Trojans are giving a scholarship to a hockey player. Jack Jablonski, who was paralyzed from the neck down after an on-ice injury in 2011, is one of the university’s current Swim With Mike scholarship recipients.
Swim With Mike, which provides scholarships for physically challenged athletes nationwide, was founded by the Trojan Family in 1981 and has now raised more than $15 million, including over $1 million at last year’s event. This year’s 35th annual fundraiser is Saturday.
Inspirational stories and people like Jablonski are why USC is so proud to be associated with it. The Minnesota native has thrived despite his injury with help from a great support system of friends, family and medical professionals.
“I’ve obviously been very fortunate, and I’m so thankful,” Jablonski told the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis last year.