SI Recognizes Foundation Goals in Naming Michael Phelps Sportsman of the Year

Michael Phelps SI Sportsman of the Year

U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year, becoming the first swimmer to receive the honor.

SI’s Alan Shipnuck notes that “increasing participation rates among kids around the country and expanding their access to the water is one of the primary goals” of the Michael Phelps Foundation.

Phelps: “The reason I started swimming was water safety, pure and simple. I have a passion for keeping kids safe. My mission is to teach as many as I can to swim. It’s not about chasing medals — you never know when you’re going to be put in a situation that’s life or death” (Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, 12/1). Read the entire article from Sports Illustrated

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