World Champion Swimmer, DEI Advocate, Wavemaker for Water Safety
We are proud to partner with World Champion Swimmer, World Record-Holder and Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones, to spread the important message of water safety and drowning prevention.
After a near-drowning experience as a child, Cullen was immediately put in swim lessons, where it became clear very quickly that he had a natural talent as a swimmer. Cullen worked tirelessly to shatter stereotypes and to help promote diversity and inclusion in the sport. He became the first African American man to win a gold medal at the World University Games in 2005, and the first Black swimmer to hold a World Record. In his Olympic swimming career, Cullen won 4 medals – earning a gold medal in 2008 in the 4×100 Freestyle Relay – also known as the Greatest Relay in Olympic History – then 2 silvers (4x100m freestyle relay and 50m freestyle) and a gold medal in 4×100 medley relay the 2012 games
Now retired from competitive swimming, Cullen continues to make waves for water safety, advocating for access to life-saving swim lessons for ALL children. Cullen serves as an ambassador and board member of the USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, and is also a Goldfish Dad to his son Ayvn.