Phelps Starts Foundation With Olympic Winnings

Phelps Starts Foundation With Olympic Winnings

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Fourteen-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps today announced the establishment of the Michael Phelps Foundation and made his first donation by committing the well-publicized $1 million bonus he will receive from Speedo(R) for winning eight gold medals.

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  1. This flash thing doesn’t seem to work for me (on two different computers running different operating systems): I can’t scroll down (past “which I hope will help inspire others t achieve”)

  2. Hi Hans,

    It’s actually JavaScript

    Hmmm, I don’t hear from others about this. It works fine on FFox on my Macs. (But I know you don’t need a Mac)

    Can you check on your javascript — is it enabled?
    Here is the rest of the press release:

    which I hope will help me inspire others to achieve their dreams, and give back to the sport that has given me so much.”

    Speedo has shared in Michael’s dreams for gold since 2001 and in 2003 helped him draw attention to the sport of swimming, by announcing the $1 Million Dollar bonus should he win seven or more Gold Medals in a single Olympic Games.

    “Speedo has been proud to support Michael as he reached for his dreams throughout the years,” said Joseph Gromek, President and CEO of Warnaco, the licensee for Speedo in North America. “We congratulate him on this truly historic accomplishment in Beijing and look forward to supporting him in this new endeavor. Warnaco and Speedo International are also pleased to announce an additional $200,000 donation to the Michael Phelps Foundation in honor of Michael’s eighth gold medal in Beijing.”

    “I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had swimming play such a profound role in my life,” said Phelps, who is represented by Peter Carlisle, Managing Director of Olympics & Action Sports, Octagon. “I have met great people, seen the world, and learned the power of dreams; I’ve learned that through education, planning, goal-setting, and informed decision-making, anything is possible.”

    The Michael Phelps Foundation is a Non-Profit Corporation organized pursuant to the District of Columbia Non-Profit Corporation Act. Established in August of 2008 by 14-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Michael Phelps, the Foundation’s purpose is to operate exclusively for charitable educational, and scientific purposes; and to promote healthy, active lives, especially for children, primarily by expanding opportunities for participation in the sport of swimming, both nationally and internationally.