The Michael J. Szwed Legacy Fund was established in January 2008 to celebrate the life of Michael Joseph Szwed, known to most as “Mikey.” The Fund is held at Community Foundation of Collier County. The goal of the Fund is to provide Collier County’s youth the opportunity to excel in both academics and athletics.
Mikey was well known for his love of the game of basketball, his passion for life, and his desire and dedication for self-improvement. Though basketball was his first love, he enjoyed all types of sports, and followed them all closely. This Fund will not only be sponsoring basketball players, but athletes from a variety of sports as well.
In 2016, the Fund will sponsor a major renovation for the Naples YMCA Longhouse Cabin that serves as a staple for camps, school-programs and youth development. The cabin is in disrepair and needs a new roof, air conditioning, divided classroom and storage space. When finished, the cabin will bear Mikey’s name. The fund will continue to support the annual, renewable Michael J. Szwed Athletic Scholarship at St. John Neumann High School and St. Ann Catholic School for students who excel at team leadership , academics, and exhibit the same qualities and ideals Mikey lived by. Our scholarship recipient for the 2016- 2017 school year at St. John Neumann is Isabella Pearo and for St. Ann Catholic grade school is Luke Santamarina as well as to 2015 recipient Kali Rose and 2014 recipient Sabrina Ficarra who both renewed their scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year.
With your participation and support, the MJS Legacy has raised over $195,000.00, allowing us to continue our existing programs while exploring new opportunities to serve the youth of Naples and advance the goals of the Michael J. Szwed Legacy Fund. We are grateful for everyone’s continued support and generousity.