Courtesy of Black Enterprise
Swimmer Cullen Jones has four Olympic medals and one big heart. In 2008, The 6’5, 28-year-old Bronx native became the second African American in history to win an Olympic gold medal for swimming and in 2012, he added three more medals to his collection. But in addition to the Olympic glory and his desire to start a clothing line, Jones also does philanthropic work with Make A Splash, an initiative by the USA Swimming Foundation dedicated to water safety and teaching children how to swim.
BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the North Carolina State University graduate to talk about his life inside and outside of the pool.
BlackEnterprise.com: According to the Make A Splash initiative by the USA Swimming Foundation, 7 out of 10 African American children can’t swim. Some of that is surely due to pool access, but what do you think drives such a startling statistic?