im About the Program

About the Program

im is a multifaceted program designed to encourage healthy and active lifestyles. The program consists of five simultaneously active "Bubbles" that offer water safety courses, recreational pool activities, world-class swimming instruction, health and wellness education, and goal-setting lessons.

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


The Michael Phelps Foundation

About the Michael Phelps Foundation

The Michael Phelps Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives, especially for children. Fourteen-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps established the Foundation with his well-publicized $1 million bonus received from long-term partner Speedo for winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Michael's first initiative with the Foundation was to share his Beijing experiences and Dream, Plan, Reach message with Boys & Girls Clubs of America members during an eight-city tour across the United States. The Foundation has since developed the im program in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, KidsHealth.org, and the Michael Phelps Swim Schools. For more information about the Michael Phelps Foundation, please visit www.michaelphelpsfoundation.org.


The Michael Phelps Swim School

About the Michael Phelps Swim School

The Michael Phelps Swim School is a Baltimore-based learn-to-swim program for ALL ages and abilities. Throughout the 4 Maryland locations, more than 2,000 participants are currently enrolled in classes that include personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, personal growth, and rescue skills. Cathy Bennett, who was Michael Phelps's first swim instructor, created the program nearly 30 years ago. Since inception, the school has instructed over 30,000 participants of all ages, has won 3 "Best of Baltimore" awards, and has recently been re-branded into the Michael Phelps Swim School. The top priority of the MP Swim School curriculum is to ensure that each participant has an opportunity to become comfortable, confident, and safe in and around the water. For more information, please visit mpswimschool.com.


KidsHealth

About Nemours' KidsHealth

KidsHealth.org is the #1 site devoted to children's health and development in English and Spanish. Each year, over 250 million parents, kids, and teens turn to KidsHealth.org for expert answers, making it the Web's most-accessed site on children's health. KidsHealth.org has been honored as one of the 30 Best Websites by U.S. News & World Report, one of the 50 Coolest Websites by TIME magazine, and the Best Family Health Site "For Moms" by Good Housekeeping. KidsHealth also creates KidsHealth in the Classroom, a free website for educators featuring standards-based health curricula, activities, and handouts. KidsHealth comes from Nemours, one of the nation's largest nonprofit pediatric health systems and a founding member of the Partnership for a Healthier America, a national movement led by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the childhood obesity challenge. For more information about KidsHealth, please visit KidsHealth.org.


Nemours

About Nemours

Nemours, one of the nation's leading pediatric health systems, is dedicated to achieving higher standards in children's health by offering a spectrum of clinical treatment, research, advocacy, and educational health and prevention services extending to all families in the communities it serves. Starting with Alfred I. duPont's bequest over 70 years ago, Nemours has grown into a multidimensional organization offering personalized clinical and preventive care focused on children.

Nemours owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and major children's specialty clinics in Delaware (Wilmington), Florida (Jacksonville, Orlando, and Pensacola), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Newtown Square) and New Jersey (Egg Harbor Township and Voorhees). Nemours will establish a new full-service children's hospital in Orlando in 2012. KidsHealth.org, the world's most-visited pediatric health care website for parents, kids, and teens, is a project of Nemours.

Nemours employs over 4,100 individuals, including 430 pediatric physicians, specialists, and surgeons who cared for almost a quarter of a million children in 2008. The organization's goal is to align with parents, physicians, community leaders, children's advocates, and elected officials to ensure optimal wellness for every child. For more information about Nemours, please visit www.nemours.org.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of America

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has helped kids "BE GREAT," providing hope and opportunity for those who need it most. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.5 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military bases worldwide, providing young people 6 to 18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.


Special Olympics

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global organization that reveals the champion in all of us through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities tackling the injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face throughout the world. Learn more at www.specialolympics.org.



Note: The im Program and guide material was prepared by the Michael Phelps Foundation ("Foundation"). The ultimate responsibility for the use or teaching of these materials to particular individuals is that of the participating organizations. The Foundation is not responsible for any action or failure to act in reliance upon information in these materials.

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