Nine U.S. National Swim Team Members to Visit Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital


Cullen Jones gets advice from a second-grader in Houston in 2012.Olympic gold medalists Cullen Jones (Irvington, N.J.) and Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) headline a group of nine U.S. National Swim Team members visiting the Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., on May 9 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The athletes will talk about their experience in the sport, sign autographs and pose for pictures with the children and their families.

“I am very excited about visiting the children’s hospital because I’m always humbled meeting the world’s youngest warriors and heroes fighting for their lives every day,” said Hardy. “I’ll be bringing my Olympic medals and hope to provide a smile to the kids and their families and inspire them to continue to persevere.”   

Other National Team swimmers making an appearance at the hospital include 2012 Olympians Claire Donahue (Lenoir City, Tenn.), Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C.), Micah Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas), Tyler McGill (Champaign, Ill.), as well as Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C.), David Plummer (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Josh Schneider (Cincinnati, Ohio).

The appearance is open to the media, however, all media must arrange a public relations guide for the visit. For more information, please contact the Novant Health communications staff at 704.617.2631.  Hemby Children’s Hospital is located within Presbyterian Medical Center at 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204.

The National Team members’ appearance at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital is part of USA Swimming’s Athlete Partnership Program. The program is a platform deigned to help National Team swimmers encourage kids and adults to take up the sport as a healthy and positive activity. These appearances directly promote the sport and the healthy lifestyle it represents. To find more information about how to get started in the sport of swimming, visit

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