If you follow Cullen Jones, like I do, there's no new news here; his near drowning as a boy is repeated, his Olympic gold is celebrated, etc.
His championing of Make a Splash is not news either, but his dedication to the program is impressive. In the Ebony/Jet article
, Jones says his most important achievement is the success of his participation in Make a Splash.
In his second year of touring the country in support of Make a Splash, Cullen Jones visited the Shreveport Louisiana site of the most horrific drowning
Jones's empathy is palpable in this article. He is encouraging to beginning swimmers and swim team competitors alike, recalling how he didn't get serious about swimming until his junior year in High School.
Who does that? Go from winning pink ribbons to gold medals in under 10 years?
You should read the whole article to get the full impact. Then head over to Bet.com
and read how Cullen Jones makes swimming cool.
I recently read in a forum on Diversity in Aquatics how the black media didn't take up the story about Sherry from the View learning to swim. Well, Cullen Jones has been in the National spotlight for at least three years now, and he's been touring with Make a Splash for two years, and here are some black media outlets picking up on that.
Maybe by the time Sherry is competing in Masters Swimming (if she goes that route) the black media will pick it up.
Maybe Cullen will have accomplished his goal of waterproofing black kids by then.