Monday, June 28, 2010

Go Team USA! Love Cullen Jones!

Thanks to Nancy Merritt, a former member of the Lehigh Swimming Team, and the Director of Lehigh Student & Young Alumni Programs, who told me about this!

According to this May 2010 Wall Street Journal story, the USA Swimming 2010 diversity study found that 70% of African American children and 58% of Hispanic children report low to no swim ability.

Since 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash program has taught basic swimming skills to 325,000 kids. The program gets a lot of support from Team USA Gold Medalist swimmer Cullen Jones, an African-American whose mother made him learn to swim after a near-drowning at age 5.

LOVE Cullen! Here's a recent interview with him:

Cullen's story was told in this 2007 film "Parting the Waters" - check out the synopsis and then the trailer:

Parting the Waters from Louise Rosen on Vimeo.

Not sure where to find the full-length film.

Here's the official website for the film. Not much info there, though - check out this Facebook page for more info.


  1. Great post!!!! I believe this! When my children were toddlers, I enrolled them in "tiny tots" swimming classes because I am not a confident swimmer wanted them to be for safety reasons as well as fun. They didn't like it much when they started but I kept signing them for lessons. Guess what? Both wound up on the Y swimming team and went on to swim and play water polo in high school and college. My son now coaches college swimming! Swimming not only made them safe -- it paid for college and provided one of them with a career.

  2. Wow - what a great story! That makes me so happy! Sounds like your son has a great job, too:) Thanks so much for the comment!


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