Fourteen Special Olympics coaches from Italy, Iceland, Scotland, Hungary, Finland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Greece, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Norway and Ireland participated in the seminar with a view to bringing IM training back to their local Special Olympics programs.
The Michael Phelps Foundation was in Dublin, this week teaming up with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia to host an “IM” training seminar for Special Olympics coaches from 14 European countries. The IM program was developed by the Michael Phelps Foundation in 2009 and is designed to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for participants and offer world-class swim instruction to children. The IM swimming programme is named after Michael Phelps’ signature event, the Individual Medley, while also abbreviating the self-affirming “I am.”
In August 2011, after Michael Phelps became a global ambassador for Special Olympics, the Michael Phelps Foundation partnered with Special Olympics to launch the international pilot program of IM. It was piloted in seven countries across six continents for Special Olympics athletes. In this expansion, IM was not only adapted for children of varying skill levels but also of intellectual and physical disabilities.
About Maureen Rabbitt: I am Brand and Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.