Gold Medalist Cullen Jones Teaches Black Kids To Swim

Blacks and Hispanics are almost three times more likely to drown than Whites in the United States and nearly 60 percent of Black children can't swim. Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones, the first African American male to hold a world record in swimming, has made it his mission to help correct this by teaming up with the USA Swimming Foundation's Make A Splash initiative which highlights drowning prevention. The issue is so close to Cullen's heart because he, like so many kids that have never been taught to swim, nearly drown at the age of 5.



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Stephanie Elam is a CNN business news correspondent. Her reports can be seen on CNN/U.S., Headline News and CNN International. She also contributes to American Morning. Previously, Elam was the co-host of Black Enterprise Report, a nationally syndicated program focused on business, career and financial education.


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