Sports Illustrated has named Olympic Champion Michael Phelps "Sportsman of the Year" for 2008. With a record-breaking 8 gold medals around his neck, Phelps is now spending his time teaching kids to swim safely and promoting his sport as an every-year event.
By championing the cause of water safety Phelps could save many lives, and the trajectory of others will be changed merely by his inspirational example. In 2012, when we are deep into another presidential election and facing challenges that have yet to reveal themselves, Phelps will once again unite a nation. He does not swim alone. He swims for all of us.