Cullen Jones Set to Appear at the 74th Annual Southeast Regional Conference in Charleston, SC


Four-time Olympic Medalist and American Record holder Cullen Jones will make an appearance at the Sigma Gamma Rho Southeast Regional Conference Friday, April 4 in Charleston, S.C. and help representatives of the Southeastern Region present a donation for learn-to-swim scholarships to the Lowcountry Aquatic Project Swimming (LAPS) program.

Jones, who is making his second appearance at a Sigma Gamma Rho conference, will also give a speech during the Public Meeting on Friday before doing a special meet-and-greet with the youth Rhoers of the southeast region.

“We are excited to have Cullen Jones participate in another regional conference this year and are especially happy to have him help make a financial presentation to a local swim provider here in the Southeastern Region,” said Rasheeda Liberty, the Regional Director. “His story and his work spreading the importance of learn-to-swim is a natural fit for us and an important opportunity for our Rhoers to meet a role model who breaks swim stereotypes.”

Jones, who is a product of learn-to-swim programs, experienced a near-drowning at a water park during his youth. He has been instrumental in spreading the importance of water safety and learn-to-swim across the United States and especially in the black community.

USA Swimming makes its third appearance at Sigma Gamma Rho regional conferences this year in the oldest city in South Carolina and looks forward to introducing Jones at the Public Meeting before he and Director Liberty present the check to LAPS Program Director Shannon O’Brien.

USA Swimming began the ground-breaking partnership with Sigma Gamma Rho with appearances at the Sigma Gamma Rho regional conferences in 2013. Jones and other Olympians and US National Team athletes such as Maritza Correia, Ashley Wanland, Tyler McGill, Jessica Hardy, and Alex Meyer, had meet-and-greets and gave inspirational talks to the members, serving to spread awareness about USA Swimming and the sport of swimming to the national organization.

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