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— Our mission is to promote water safety, healthy living and the pursuit of dreams.

Dream Plan Reach

We are so proud of the accomplishments we have achieved and the goals reached. Our comprehensive program, IM has reached over 100,000 people with swimming lessons and a healthy living and goal-setting curriculum. We also have been working to grow the sport of swimming through Level Field Fund-Swimming. LFF-Swimming provides funding for swimmers with a financial need so they can pursue their dreams.  Our Caps for a Cause program, which helps non-profit organizations raise money for their causes, has garnered thousands of dollars for nonprofits that share our mission.

Over the past couple of years,  I have become a lot more open about my struggle with depression and have shared my mantra that “it’s ok to not be ok.” I am so grateful that I’ve been able to positively impact the lives of those struggling with their own mental health by simply sharing mine.  We have added emotional wellness lessons and resources to IM and they are available to everyone, free of charge, through our website.

We have had a very successful decade at the Michael Phelps Foundation, and I am excited to see what the future holds for us, as we continue to promote water safety, healthy living, and the pursuit of dreams.

We couldn’t have done it without our supporters and for that, we thank each and every one of you. Give a gift

Who we are

Michael Phelps embraced the idea that “anything is possible,” which helped propel his recording-breaking career and inspire the ambitions of swimmers and non-swimmers alike. But Michael did not become the best swimmer in history by himself or overnight. He had an integral support system of family, coaches, and a team to help encourage and challenge him as he realized his dream – to change the sport of swimming. However, throughout his decorated career, Michael observed many barriers, inequalities, and privileges. He recognized that water safety lessons and messaging are not universally available, access to aquatic programming and facilities is limited, the absence of a diverse representation of swimmers and staff, and the significant financial resources necessary to participate in the sport. The Michael Phelps Foundation, led by Michael and comprised of the same support system that helped guide his competitive career, aspires for everyone to have quality access and programming support across water safety, healthy living (physical and emotional wellness), and the pursuit of dreams. Established in 2008, our program offerings provide access to the same curriculum and principles that helped propel the best swimmer in the world.

Along with a coalition of strategic partners, the Foundation has provided a learn-to-swim, healthy living, and goal-setting curriculum to more than 200,000 people worldwide through the Boys and Girls Club of America and Special Olympics International. We know that facilitating change is not a one-person job; it takes a family, team, network, and communities to come together and challenge what is by showing what can be. Together, anything is possible. Please meet the family…

What we do

Mission Statement

Working to promote healthy, active lives, especially for children, primarily by expanding the opportunities for participation in the sport of swimming. Make a Donation

Water Safety

Swimming offers a wide variety of benefits beyond competition – from everyday health and wellness to recreational and leisure activities – and, most importantly of all, learning to swim is a life-saving skill. That being said, there are several barriers to entry for individuals – from fear of the water to lack of access to proper instruction – to experience the benefits of swimming. Our signature program, IM, was developed in partnership with Nemours and Michael Phelps Swimming the im Program is a multi-faceted offering of learn-to-swim, recreational aquatic activities, organized swim training, as well as health, wellness, and goal-setting programming that is implemented through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics International. Find out More About The IM Program Learn the ABCs and 123s of Water Safety

Healthy (Physical and Mental) Living

Overcoming fears, facing adversity, and developing goals are valuable skill sets that transcend swimming. So, too, is the significance of physical and mental/emotional health.

In 2018, MPF expanded IM with a dedicated emotional wellness lessons (IM Healthy) curriculum, which is provided to Boys & Girls Clubs and Special Olympic participants. And in 2020, MPF is developing a global effort to advance mental health initiatives in partnership with several leading mental health organizations. Download our eight emotional health lessons from our IM curriculum 

Nemours Children’s Health and the Michael Phelps Foundation have created Raising Resilient Kids, a video series available in English and Spanish that addresses social-emotional health in children. In the series, Michael & Nicole, who are mental health advocates and parents of three — sit down with Nemours Children’s experts to ask some of the most pressing questions parents have today. With expert advice and actionable tips, this series supports parents in raising happy, healthy, and resilient children. Click here to view the series.

We are also proud to partner with The Weight of Gold, an HBO Sports documentary exploring the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes often face. The film comes during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the 2020 Tokyo Games — the first such postponement in Olympic history — and greatly exacerbated mental health issues. More than 3.6 billion people watch the Olympic Games in a typical year. Most viewers don’t know that just like one in five Americans, many Olympic athletes face serious mental health challenges and struggle to find the necessary support and resources.Visit the Weight of Gold Resource Page

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Pursuit of Dreams

Like many pursuits in life, access and opportunity can impact one’s ability to realize their talent and maximize their potential. In an individual sport like swimming, the path forward requires resources and support that are not readily available. In 2010, MPF partnered with the Level Field Fund to provide grants that help bridge the gaps in funding for uniquely talented swimmers in financial need (Level Field Fund – Swimming) to help recipients follow (or pursue) their dreams. Learn more about Level Field Fund – Swimming Learn about Caps for a Cause, a program where nonprofits that share our mission can apply for a signed Michael Phelps swim cap.


The Golf.Give.Gala is our premier fundraising event. This exclusive event provides players with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not only will our participants have the opportunity to walk alongside the greatest Olympian of all time on one of the best golf courses, but their contributions will also help us expand our life-saving programming to those who need it most. LEARN MORE ABOUT GOLF.GIVE.GALA


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