When Cullen Jones was 5 years old he nearly drowned. Instead of letting this horrible incident create more fear around water, Cullen decided instead to become a good swimmer. But not just any good swimmer.
In case you have not heard of him, Cullen Jones is the first African American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in swimming! He did so at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
And not only did Cullen improve himself to overcome his fear of swimming, but he now spends much of his time helping children learn how to swim. Hundreds of children each year drown in the United States. Learning how to swim can prevent 80% of these tragedies.
Learn about this incredibly inspiring person and athlete:
- Learn about USA Swimming’s Make a Splash program and see if Cullen Jones will be in your area this year
- Learn facts about drowning and water safety
Topics for Discussion:
- What is most inspiring about Cullen Jones?
- What can you do to help prevent children from drowning?
- What is your passion? Have you ever thought about a way to help people with your passion?
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.