KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was in Knoxville Wednesday helping with a special announcement at the Boys and Girls Club.
While here, Phelps met with William Watson III, who has been in the news before. Phelps awarded him the Head and Shoulders Confidence Award at the London Olympics in 2012. Watson is a swimmer on the Haslam Family University Club team.
“To try to help kids live healthy lifestyles but also be healthy in the pool, you know I think that’s something that is not only important here, but I think it’s important all over the country and all over the world,” said Phelps.
Phelps helped announce the newest addition to the Boys and Girls Club in North Knoxville, a new pool named for Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin whose family grew up learning to swim in the current pool.
“Special place. I’ll hate to see her go, but I’ll be glad to drive the wrecking ball if we got a new one,” said Irwin.
It is all part of the “Our Kids, Our Future” campaign started last fall which will help rebuild the Boys and Girls Club and hopefully serve more kids all starting with the pool.
“I hope that we can build a new pool, and I can come back and see it all when it’s finished,” said Phelps.
They still need about $300,000 to meet their goal for the pool. The entire “Our Kids, Our Future” campaign needs a total of $14 million for the project.
They are about $2 million from meeting that goal.
If you want to donate, just visit the “Our Kids, Our Future” website.