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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.

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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 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’ 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 Michael Phelps Foundation is proud to offer grant funding for our signature IM program to Boys & Girls Clubs and Special Olympics Teams worldwide.

The IM Program offers a multifaceted lineup of water safety instruction, recreational aquatic activities, structured and organized swimming, health, wellness, and goal-setting education.

How do I apply?
New Boys & Girls Clubs
If you are new to MPF and the IM program, you are encouraged to apply for a grant to bring the program to your Club.  Please log in and verify you can meet the eligibility requirements before applying.

Returning Boys & Girls Clubs
If you have previously received a grant, your Grant Report must be completed before applying for a new IM Healthy grant.

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