Olympic Gold Medalist to Instruct Swim Clinic in Greenville, Mississippi

Jun 01, 2010, 12:32 ET from Delta Economic Development Center

GREENVILLE, Miss., June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ed Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of The Delta Economic Development Center (www.deltaedc.com) announced today that 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Cullen Jones, will stop in Greenville in between appearances for his Make A Splash campaign to instruct over 100 children at the Bobby Henry Memorial Pool on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

Delta Aquatic Club Coach, Dan'l Murray stated, "The Delta Swimming Community is excited to have Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones coming into Greenville.  Cullen has accomplished much in his swimming career and his impact on the sport has been tremendous with promoting swimming and learn to swim programs.  The Delta Aquatic Club is excited and eager to support him during his visit in the Delta."

Johnson said, "It's a privilege to have Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones in Greenville, Mississippi and raise awareness on the importance of swimming as a life skill and a health benefit.  Our theme for the Delta Swim Splash Clinic is education, health and inspiration.  Cullen's life is an inspiration to all of us and we look forward to having him come to the Mississippi Delta."

Born in York City, New York and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Cullen nearly drowned as a small child. Now, he is an advocate for water safety and travels the United States promoting and instructing in the importance of swimming and how vital it is to learn life saving skills. He has excelled professionally by placing 5th in 2009 World Champion (50m Freestyle), 2007 World Champion (4x100FR-R), World Record Holder (4x100FR), 2006 Fastest Swimmer in the World (50m Freestyle), World University Games Gold Medalist, Pan Pacific Games Gold Medalist and NCAA Champion. Cullen is only the second African American in history to win an Olympic Gold Medal in swimming.

The Delta Splash Swim Clinic will commence at the Hodding Carter Memorial YMCA at 8:00 a.m. by meeting with the Delta Aquatic Swim Team and continue with a one hour swim clinic at the Bobby Henry Memorial Pool at 10:30 a.m. Central Time.

SOURCE Delta Economic Development Center