Widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time, Michael Phelps will close out the HIMSS22 keynote sessions by exploring the importance of advancing mental health initiatives to transform health and well-being.
The Pursuit of Dreams will dive into mental health from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. ET Friday, March 18, in the Valencia Ballroom at the Orange County Convention Center.
Phelps captured 28 medals, including a record-setting 23 gold medals, and he set 39 world records throughout his career. He used his performance bonus for winning eight gold medals in 2008 to establish the Michael Phelps Foundation, which promotes water safety, healthy living (physical and mental) and the pursuit of dreams.
The Foundation’s signature program – IM – is a learn-to-swim, healthy living and goal-setting curriculum based on the principles and tools Phelps utilized in his swimming career, which is available through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics International.
Phelps’ advocacy for water safety and mental health has earned the recognition of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Champion of Youth), American Image Awards (Humanitarian Award), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Special Recognition Award), The Ruderman Family Foundation (Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion) and PR Week (Health Influencer 50) among others. Phelps has published two autobiographies – “No Limits: The Will to Succeed” and “Beneath the Surface” – that were New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, as well as published one children’s book – “How to Train with a T-Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals.”
March 14-18, 2022
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