im is currently is offered in the following Special Olympics teams:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bolivia
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Korea
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Scotland
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Venezuela

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IM Program

The im program is named after Michael Phelps’ signature event, the Individual Medley. The name also reiterates our message by abbreviating the self-affirming, “I am.” The Individual Medley requires resilience and versatility, two characteristics found in all program participants. The im program was developed in 2009 with our friends at KidsHealth.org and Michael Phelps Swimming to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for participants by offering water-safety courses, recreational pool activities, and swim training, as well as health and wellness education.

The program was piloted in six Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2010. In August of 2011, after Michael Phelps became a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, we partnered with Special Olympics to launch an international pilot program in seven countries and across six continents. In this expansion, the program was adapted not only for children of varying skill levels, but also of intellectual and physical abilities.

Using the Dream, Plan, Reach approach, im successful encourages bold, long-term goals while acknowledging that patience, planning, and persistence are integral to success. im successful also covers goals beyond those in the pool, such as improving school performance, learning a new skill, or getting along better with a sibling. Achieving a modest goal can serve as a blueprint and confidence-builder.

The im successful program’s 8 lessons are conducted in a group setting. Each lesson includes an instructor’s guide and participant handouts for use during the lessons and/or at home.

See a full list of our clubs and teams

Around the world, half a million people drown every year. More than half of those victims are children. im safe provides each participant with the opportunity — and encouragement — to become comfortable, confident, and safe in the water.

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im fun is designed to keep water-safe participants of all ages and skill levels active in the pool, and to improve their in-water skills and confidence.

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im fast lets program participants who have successfully completed the Water Safety Review learn the sport of competitive swimming and gives them access to high-quality, organized instructional training.

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im healthy participants will learn the basics of healthy living, including eating right, managing stress, and being physically active. This interactive health and wellness program was developed by the health experts at Nemours’ KidsHealth.org.

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im successful participants will learn how to identify and achieve goals. This program was developed by the health and behavioral experts at Nemours’ KidsHealth.org. im successful is based on the simple but effective Dream, Plan, Reach strategy that Michael has used throughout his life.

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Youth drowning rates in
ethnically-diverse communities
are 2-3 times
higher than the
national average
2nd leading cause of death
for children 14 years and younger
is drowning in the US