Cullen Jones, Ambassador

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"The Make a Splash initiative is incredible, and I have been fortunate to visit dozens of pools and talk to thousands of families with the USA Swimming Foundation over the years. There’s nothing like hopping in the pool to help teach children how to swim and talking to parents, grandparents, and community audiences to help spread the message about the importance of learning to swim."


Cullen Jones is a four-time Olympic medalist (two gold) and the first African-American to hold a world record. At the 2008 Games in Beijing he swam on the legendary world-record-setting 4x100-meter Freestyle Relay team — this after record-setting relays at the 2006 Pan Pacific Games and 2007 World Championships.

In 2012 Cullen won gold as Team USA’s anchor in the 4x100-meter Medley Relay, silver in the 4x100-meter Freestyle Relay, and individual silver in the 50-meter Freestyle. In total Cullen accounts for 13 U.S. medals (seven gold) at major international competitions.

Away from the pool Jones is a writer who dabbles in fashion and brand management. He’s been an official USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador since 2013, though his contributions to the Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative date to the inception of the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 more than a decade ago.

In that capacity Cullen has long been front-and-center in the water safety movement: Working with learn-to-swim providers, traveling the country engaging directly with high-risk kids on the Make a Splash Tour… even taking his case to Congress in an effort to educate and motivate lawmakers.

Cullen was married in 2017.


For more on Cullen's swimming career, click here.