Mike McNamara’s light blue-green eyes fairly glisten as he talks about walking on the USC campus this fall as a college freshman. Only two-and-a-half years ago, the possibility of him walking anywhere was in serious jeopardy due to paralysis from a spinal cord injury sustained while playing basketball during a junior varsity game at Crespi High School.
Now, thanks to the unfailing support of family members, friends, doctors and an exercise physiologist, McNamara, 18, will walk across campus aided just by a leg brace. He is ecstatic about the opportunities awaiting him as a full tuition award recipient of USC’s Swim With Mike fund, a 25-year-old scholarship program for physically challenged athletes. Continue Reading »