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