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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.

2020 IM Healthy & IM Successful Program

Grant Details: $1,000 available per Clubhouse, payable within two weeks of grant approval. Available to 100 Clubs in good standing with BGCA.

Grant Requirements: Each Clubhouse must provide at least 1 staff member to attend a Michael Phelps Foundation/Nemours KidsHealth.org virtual training (dates/times TBD but the meeting will not last longer than one hour). Provide lessons to a minimum of 24 participants (returning Clubs need to have at least 50% new participants). Upon approval of the grant, Clubs must purchase a banner to welcome back participants (4’ X 6’, $100 estimated color vinyl banner).  Please support your local printing company, if possible. All other funds can be used for supplies and/or staffing as needed. Clubs must commit to teaching 12 IM Healthy and IM Successful lessons, 15 – 30 minutes per lesson. On completion of the program, Clubs must submit a Program Report on Survey Monkey.

What is the IM Program?

IM is based on the program Michael learned to swim with, and taught by the same instructor who taught him.  The program encourages healthy and active lifestyles through health and wellness education, and fun.

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 2020 IM 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