4-Time Olympic Medalist Cullen Jones spent this past Saturday in Chicago swimming with the kids. Jones is working with the USA Swimming Foundation stressing and teaching the importance of water saftey to parents, kids, and community leaders. The goal is to reduce the number of drownings, especially among minority youths. It was part of their national “Make A Splash” campaign sponsored by Phillips 66.
Too often when we turn on the local news we hear of young children drowning in neighborhood lakes and pools. Events such as these are extremely important to help educate minority families, because they are the ones who are most often times affected by such tragedies. There seems to be a continuous fear of water amongst minorities, but with training and education this fear can eventually be eliminated.
Jones just recently finished competing in the London 2012 Summer Olympics. He won gold and also 2 silver medals.
Photos are courtesy of Cullen Jones’ Twitter account.
You can follow Cullen Jones on twitter: @Cullen_Jones.
Also check out his website http://www.cullenjones.com/.
For more information on the USA Swimming Foundation go to: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en