Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps Lives Life 'Beyond the Dream' to Help the Boys & Girls Club of America
Michael Phelps is one of the world’s most celebrated Olympians, having won 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold. Something you may not know is that since 2003, the swimmer has been a strong advocate for the Boys & Girls Club of America. Phelps believes that the club gives children something that helped him reach his goals: mentors.
Fox News’ Kelly Wright profiled Phelps to find out how he has lived life beyond the dream. Phelps says, “I’ve been able to get here by really just one thing: a dream. I had a dream of being the best that I could be and the greatest when I was kid growing up.”
Phelps began that dream as a young boy growing up in Baltimore, Maryland with his single-parent mom always providing encouragement. He described his mother’s support, saying, “She always made sure we had everything
we needed and we were taken care of,” even if that meant working multiple jobs. He said watching his mother work hard helped him and his sisters learn that “whatever you put your mind to, you can achieve.”
Using his accomplishments to help others reach for their dreams, Phelps recently became an honorary board member of the Boys & Girls Club in his hometown. He also founded the Michael Phelps Foundation which is a non-profit organization that promotes health and wellness through the sport of swimming.