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Caps for a Cause


Non-profit organizations committed to growing the sport of swimming and/or encouraging children to live healthy, active lives can apply for and receive a signed Michael Phelps swim cap for silent or live auction at their fundraising event.


We will be accepting 2019 Caps for a Cause Applications on January 1, 2019. Please check back in then.

To qualify for a cap, the organization must meet all of the guidelines below.

  • Promote water safety; and/or
  • Provide support and/or services to at-risk and underserved children; and/or
  • Provide pool and swimming activities that encourage¬†increased participation in the sport of swimming, especially for children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience the sport.
  • Submit a complete application at least three months prior to the event. Benefit a charitable organization. Fundraisers to benefit an individual person or families are ineligible.
  • The applicant must be the organization receiving the auction item.¬† Individuals raising funds on behalf of an organization are ineligible.

Please note:

We only accept the application form. Supplementary information will not be considered or reviewed.

All accepted applications must submit the amount raised to info@michaelphelpsfoundation.org within 60 days of the event. If not submitted within 60 days after the event, the organization will be ineligible to receive signed auction item in the future.

We receive hundreds of auction item requests per year.  Due to the limited number of items available, we are sometimes unable to fulfill all requests even if the organization meets all of the criteria listed above. If you do not hear from us, we have not been able to meet your request.

Selected organizations will receive only one cap per the calendar year. This helps us in our attempt to help the greatest number of organizations as possible. If the item is lost, stolen or misplaced, the MPF will be unable to replace it.

We will not accept personal items to be autographed. Due to the volume and frequency of requests, any item MPF receives will not be returned.

Caps may not be resold in any fashion except for fundraising by the applying organization.

Receipt of an autographed item in previous years does not guarantee subsequent donations.