Neil Swidey is a staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine and a bestselling author, most recently of Trapped Under the Sea, which was named one of the best books of the year by Amazon and Booklist. His first book, The Assist, about the transformative power of high school basketball and the narrow margins faced by young men growing up in Boston, was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. It was also the inspiration for the Alray Scholars Program. Neil was a co-author of The Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, and his writing has been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and The Best American Political Writing. He grew up in a big family in Somerset, Mass., and graduated from Tufts University, where he met his wife, Denise Drower Swidey. They have three daughters. Neil serves as president of our organization.