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 part of the 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.
The Fund currently sponsors the Michael J. Szwed basketball team at the YMCA for boys and girls ages 3-12; the “ReBuild the Y” campaign; youth summer camp programs at the YMCA of Naples; and the annual, renewable Michael J. Szwed Athletic Scholarship at St. John Neumann High School and St. Ann Catholic grade school for students who excel at team leadership, academics, and exhibit the same qualities and ideals Mikey lived by. Our scholarship recipient for the 2014- 2015 school year at St. John Neumann is Sabrina Ficarra and for St. Ann Catholic grade school is Kali Rose.
Congratulations to the 2014 recipients; as well as the 2013 recipient Colton Rose; 2011 recipients Kenny Doerseln and Jacob Roman who all renewed their scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year. We would also like to congratulate our recent graduate Flannery Wickham.
Your participation and support of our sponsors has enabled the MJS Golf Classics to raise more than $135,000, 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.