| Sunday, June 3, 2018The USA Swimming Foundation kicked off its 10th annual Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 in the nation's capital on Friday and Saturday. The 48-hour bonanza saw a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record set in addition to hundreds of local children in the DMV area learning how to swim from Olympians like Missy Franklin, Cullen Jones, Rowdy Gaines, Andrew Gemmell, Josh Davis and World Junior Champion Reece Whitley.
Kickin' it off with a world record
The USA Swimming Foundation set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record for world's largest kickboard. Measuring 11 feet wide by 18 feet high, the kickboard, which floated down the pool, served as a launch to get the question 'do you know how to swim?' on the 2020 census.
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Congratulations to @SwimFoundation - the new record holders for the largest kickboard!— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) June 1, 2018
The kickboard is part of the foundation’s “Make a Splash” tour, encouraging swim lessons to save lives. 🏊🏽♀️🏊🏽♂️ https://t.co/AMb7bQKRzw
And we're live...🎥
Missy, Cullen and Reece also hit up the local media circuit to talk the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 while in town.
Andrew with @nbcwashington’s @molettegreen this morning wearing @CullenJones Olympic medals from Beijing and London. You could tell he knew he was wearing history. Just, WOW! #blackkidsswim #usaswimming #grateful cc: @WorldRecordBall pic.twitter.com/Jjf2IyXbdl— Allyson Finch Wilson (@allyson_wilson) June 1, 2018
Great swinging by @greatdaywash this morning with @missyfranklin to chat @SwimFoundation’s 10th anniversary #MakeASplash Tour presented by @Phillips66Co!— Melissa Katz (@KitKatzMK) June 2, 2018
Nice to be back in my old stomping grounds with some familiar faces in the D.C. media! pic.twitter.com/zLI4NOi9l5
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones! He didn’t learn how to swim until later in life.. and look at what he achieved! 🥇🥇 He is now helping children learn to swim at a low cost or at no cost — Thanks to USA swimming Foundation. Sign up! @TonyPerkinsFOX5 @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/bgG3M3k0b9— Annie Yu (@AnnieYuFox5) June 2, 2018
Making a splash in the 💧💧💧💧💧💧
On Saturday, the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 made four stops across the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area to teach local children how to swim!
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Valuable connections are being made in Baltimore through #ProjectPlayBmore. @RecNParks received a $2,500 check and is now a partner with the @SwimFoundation, meaning it can request swimming equipment and apply for grants. pic.twitter.com/SfrE3z5nGx— Aspen Inst Sports (@AspenInstSports) June 2, 2018
We definitely made a splash this weekend with swim lessons from Olympian swimmers @CullenJones and @_reecewhitley on Friday at our Fairland Aquatics Complex! Special thanks to @SwimFoundation 🏊🏽♂️🏅#makeasplash #learntoswim pic.twitter.com/WGZN6yWNSo— Parks & Recreation (@pgparks) June 3, 2018
What a great initiative! As partners with @SwimFoundation #MakeASplash, #pgparks will offer FREE Water Safety and Swim Lessons to young people in #PrinceGeorgesCounty. Thanks to Olympians @CullenJones @_reecewhitley! #FairlandAquaticsComplex! https://t.co/cuAPsNKLhX https://t.co/auAUfmCxhD— PG Planning Board (@PGPlanningBoard) June 4, 2018
A new Sport for Cullen and Andrew?
In between lessons, Cullen Jones and Andrew Gemmell gave a different water sport a try... 👀 out for the pair on the synchronized swimming swimming team in Tokyo!