The Michael Phelps Foundation’s signature program – im – provides learn-to-swim instruction, as well as goal-setting and healthy living lessons, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
im was developed in collaboration with KidsHealth.org and the Michael Phelps Swim School, in an effort to bring world-class water-safety, recreational aquatic activities, health and wellness education, and goal-setting activities to children.
“I was first introduced to the sport of swimming through water safety. I learned to be comfortable and confident in the water and my passion for swimming grew with each visit to the pool. With the support of the Boys & Girls Clubs, we are able to offer children a program that will help them become safer in the water, and live a healthier and more active life.”-Michael Phelps
Here are some of the startling statistics that MPF is working to change:
- Half a million people drown every year around the world
- More than half of the drowning victims are children
- 6 our of 10 African-American and Hispanic/Latino children do not know how to swim; nearly twice the number of Caucasian children