A few Olympic swimming medal winners held swim lessons for Portland youth today.
Gold and silver medal swimmers, Cullen Jones, Rowdy Gaines, and Josh Davis want to prevent drownings.
Before hitting the water, the Olympians presented the City of Portland with a check for $2,500 from the USA Swimming Foundation and energy company, Phillips 66 as part of the Make a Splash initiative.
The money will be used to offer free or reduced swimming lessons to local youngsters. The idea is to try and cut down on the number of drownings in the country.
“We’re drowning at an epidemic level and there is a reason for that. It’s because there’s a lack of swim lessons for people to learn how to swim” said Cullen Jones, Olympic swim medalist.
Cullen Jones says he almost drowned when he was 5 years old. Now he has two gold and two silver medals in swimming.
The Make a Splash initiative has a current goal to reach 1 million children annually.