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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 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 Michael Phelps Foundation is proud to offer grant funding for our signature program, IM, to Boys & Girls Clubs and Special Olympics Teams from around the world.

2021 IM  Program

Grant Details: The Michael Phelps Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America are looking to fund organizations to participate in one cycle (approximately 8-10 weeks) of the IM Program (summer and/or fall).  Clubs are encouraged to continue and expand the program, as resources are available.   We understand the need for flexibility due to COVID-19 and all Clubs should be following their local guidelines.  We will communicate the status of training and grant implementation modifications throughout the process.

First-year Clubs are required to send at least one (possibly two) staff to be trained by MPF staff May 20-22, 2021 in St. Charles, Illinois prior to implementing the full IM program.

Funding will be provided for training and implementation up to $3,500 annually, plus travel.

If you are not able to provide the in-water portion of the grant, or if our in-person training is canceled, we are awarding up to $1,000 for the implementation of the IM Healthy and IM Successful grants.

SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALIFIER AND CONDITION OF THIS PROGRAM.

What is the IM Program?

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

Each program provides participants with structured, age-appropriate programming as well as an opportunity to earn IM Program medals by reaching program goals.

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 create a login and verify you are able to meet the eligibility requirements prior to applying.

Returning Boys & Girls Clubs
If you have previously received a grant, you must submit your current year Grant Report prior to applying for the 2021 IM Healthy program grant.  Once submitted you will receive your funding, and be eligible to apply for a grant for 2020.

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