U.S. Olympian Using Success to Increase Drowning Awareness Among African Americans

by Carmen Dellutri on August 16, 2012

Florida child injury attorneyAfter taking home a gold medal in London, Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones has another goal—raising drowning awareness in the African American community. Jones is part of the Make a Splash Initiative, which educates minority children about swimming and safety.

Jones is using his status as an Olympian to shed light on a very important problem. Studies have found that 70% of African-American kids cannot swim. Even more alarming, African-American children between the ages of 5 and 14 are three times more likely to drown than other children.

Cullen also has first hand experience, after almost drowning at a water park as a five-year-old child. “I remember what it feels like to be underwater and I remember what it feels like to be helpless,” Cullen stated in an interview with NBC's Rock Center. "I was underwater, I couldn’t breathe…and then I completely passed out.”

Lifeguards performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and were able to save his live.  Jones’ mother, however, felt helpless because she couldn’t swim. Following the accident, she enrolled her son in swimming classes.

For Jones, swimming is more than just a sport. “It is so much bigger.  You’re saving your child’s life by giving them swim lessons,” he said.

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