Olympian Cullen Jones Talks Importance Of Water Safety In Black Community

- By Bossip Staff

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Jones Says Drowning Is A Silent Killer; May Is Water Safety Month

Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones has teamed up with a nonprofit to raise awareness about the importance of learning how to swim.

Jones is helping to teach kids to swim as part of the USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make A Splash” program, which provides free or low cost swimming locations at 750 locations around the country. The nonprofit aims to provide one million swimming lessons to kids by the end of next year.

“We need to change the perception of swimming – it’s a life skill,” the two time Olympic gold medalist told BOSSIP.

Jones said he knew he had to help change perceptions about swimming in communities of color after learning that an estimated 70 percent of black children and 60 percent of Latino children don’t know how to swim, according to stats from the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis. About 10 people a day die from drowning in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control said.

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Last month, Jones joined Ludacris and Keri Hilson to help teach children how to swim in Atlanta as part of the program. He told BOSSIP that he had to get involved after learning about the grim statistics.

“When I saw the drowning rates, that’s when it became real,” Cullen said. “It’s something we don’t see everyday, but it’s a big problem.”

To register your child for free or low cost swimming lessons, visit the USA Swimming Foundation’s website here.

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