Memphis Swim Program Wins $5,000 Grant, Visit by Olympic Swimmer
USA Swimming Foundation announced late Monday that Make a Splash Mid-South is the winner of the Phillips 66 Make a Splash for Water Safety Video Contest. In September, Memphis will be the final stop of the Make a Splash with Cullen Jones Tour. Make a Splash Mid-South will also receive a $5,000 grant to provide free learn-to-swim instruction to local children.
The Memphis-based water safety coalition received more than 500,000 votes in the online public contest against Brunswick, Ga., Irvington, N.J., Landover, Md. and St. Paul, Minn.
Cullen Jones, an Olympic gold medalist, will teach a swimming lesson while in Memphis. Details regarding his visit will be announced this fall. Jones has qualified for the Olympic Games in London in the 50 Free, 100 Free and 400 Free Relay events.
“We are grateful to the people of Memphis for their support. Every vote represents an individual in our community who believes that swimming instruction is important for all children. We look forward to teach many more kids how to swim thanks to this grant,” said Anthony Norris, board chair of Make a Splash Mid-South.
Make a Splash Mid-South’s winning video can be viewed online at makeasplashmidsouth.org.
The Make a Splash with Cullen Jones Tour presented by Phillips 66 is a national water safety tour designed to educate parents, kids and communities about the importance of learning to swim.
Make a Splash Mid-South was formed in 2008 following the deaths of two teens in swimming pools. Led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Mid-South, the organization has 30 community partners including the University of Memphis, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the City of Memphis and the YMCA of Mid-South, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change among many others. For more information, visit makeasplashmidsouth.org.