Michael Phelps Foundation
The Michael Phelps Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives, especially for children.
Eighteen-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps established the Foundation with the $1MM bonus he received from long-time sponsor Speedo for winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. The Foundation’s first initiative was a nationwide tour to share Phelps’ Olympic experience and promote his message of Dream, Plan, Reach with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Since then, the Foundation has developed and launched the im program, helped establish Level Field Fund-Swimming, a grant giving program that provides funding to uniquely talented swimmers in need of financial assistance, and offers autographed swim caps for charity auctions through Caps-for-a-Cause 

The Phelps Foundation works with select Boys & Girls Clubs to implement its signature im program, a learn-to-swim program designed to grow the sport of swimming and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle, especially among children.  The im program was launched as a national pilot in 2010 with six Boys & Girls Clubs and has instructed nearly 3,000 children how to swim, with more than 80% of the participants receiving swimming instruction (im safe) for the first time in their lives. In 2012, the im program expanded its footprint to 28 Boys & Girls Clubs, including one on a U.S. Naval installation in Naples, Italy.  

Developed in partnership with KidsHealth.org and the Michael Phelps Swim School, the im program is based on the same basic techniques and principles that Michael Phelps has implemented throughout his swimming career.  Named in recognition of Phelps’ signature event, the Individual Medley, and as an abbreviation to the self-affirming “I am,” nearly 90% of the program’s participants are under the age of 12, the most at-risk age range for drowning. 

"im" swim programThrough the im program, the Michael Phelps Foundation provides support to Boys & Girls Clubs including financial assistance with the overall program costs along with training, staffing, supplies, equipment, pool access and maintenance, and support materials such as posters, medals, member handbook and assorted prizes. 

For more information, please visit  www.michaelphelpsfoundation.org or http://www.facebook.com/MichaelPhelpsFoundation 

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