Currently, im is offered at the following Boys & Girls Clubs:

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

To inquire about the program, click here.

To access the im program, please click here. User ID and Password are required.

IM Program

Unfortunately, drowning has been a neglected public health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes for children 1 to 14 years old. Research shows that there are two key barriers to entry that prevent children from learning to swim: fear of the water and lack of parental encouragement. Believe it or not, Michael was among those children who had a fear of the water. However, he was able to overcome that fear because of his parents’ commitment to enroll him in a water safety course and the instructor of the program had a unique approach. Today, we are proud to offer this same water safety program to a much larger audience, led by the very same instructor who taught Michael how to swim through the Foundation’s signature program – im.

If you are interested in swim lessons near you please click the link below to find where we offer our im program. If we currently don’t have a program near you, please complete the im program grant so we can bring our life-saving program to your Boys & Girls Club members and Special Olympics athletes. Our goal is for program participants to be comfortable in and around water, advance their swimming skills, set and attain personal goals, and have good overall health.

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 safer 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, emotional wellness, and being physically active. This interactive health and wellness program was developed by the health experts at Nemours’ KidsHealth.org. The eight mental health lessons are available to all here.

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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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The 2019 Grant Application is available here and we will accept applications until April 20, 2019.

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