OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
CULLEN JONES: Make a Splash with Cullen Jones
week on TALK! with AUDREY: CULLEN JONES currently
holds the American record in the 50 freestyle and is
one of the fastest sprinters in the world today. At
the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Cullen was a member
of the electrifying 400m free relay team that broke
the world record and won Olympic gold in one of the
most memorable races in history. With the victory, Cullen
became the second African American to win Olympic swimming
Having almost become a drowning statistic himself, the Olympian works to promote water safety, especially amongst minorities. As a National spokesman for Make a Splash, Cullen holds learn-to-swim clinics and speaks to children and parents across the nation. This summer, Jones is touring the country to promote the availability of low to no cost swimming lessons , “Make a Splash with Cullen Jones. Studies have shown that in ethnically-diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is nearly three times the national average. A study commissioned in 2008 by USA Swimming revealed that nearly six out of 10 African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts. Visit: www.makeasplash.org
• Nine people drown each day in the United States.
• Seventy percent of African American children are unable to swim. Sixty percent of Hispanic children are unable to swim. Forty percent of Caucasian children are unable to swim.
• Hispanics experience the highest drowning rates of any race or ethnicity at ages 20-24.
• Fatal unintentional drowning rates for 5 to 14 year old African Americans are 3.1 times higher than those for Caucasian children in the same range.
Credit: USA Swimming