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Swim champion Michael Phelps is teaming up with Special Olympics to help people with intellectual disabilities become more comfortable in the water.

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Special Olympics' newest global ambassador, Michael Phelps, conducted a swim clinic this week for the organization's athletes in Shanghai, China. (Special Olympics)

Through a partnership with the Michael Phelps Foundation, Special Olympics will launch a pilot program to promote swimming, water safety and overall wellness among people with disabilities in China, Australia, India, Brazil, Great Britain, South Africa and the United States.

Phelps, a 14-time Olympic gold medalist, will also lend his star-power to foster acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities as a Special Olympics global ambassador, the organization said.

“I am extremely honored,” Phelps said in a statement announcing the new partnership. “I have had the pleasure of working with Special Olympics athletes over the last few years and believe that together we can help grow the sport of swimming while also encouraging active and healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities.”

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  1. msamericanpatriot says:

    What about something like this for equestrianism? We ride horses just as well as those who are not intellectually challenged but this sport is NOT thought of when one thinks about the Special Olympics. It is usually and always track and swimming to name a couple. In fact one Special Olympic equestrian won an FEI Against All Odds award. She was from Haiti.

  2. disabilitiesrightsadvocate says:

    It is good to hear that Michael Phelps has stepped out of the blunder that he was in not that long ago and is able to again be seen as not only a great athlete, but also as an advocate and ambassador for athletes with disabilities.

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