Cullen Jones Place of residence:  Charlotte, N.C. Why he is a Game Changer: How do you top being only the second African American to win an Olympic gold in swimming? If you’re Jones, 28, you do it by winning another gold medal and two silver medals, in addition to your first individual medal, in your […]

When he was a kid, Cullen Jones (pictured) almost drowned as a kid at a Pennsylvania water park. Now, after snagging another gold and two silver medals in the London Olympics to go with the gold he won in 2008, there’s no question that Jones he is the most-prominent African-American swimmer in the country. RELATED: […]


Who is Cullen Jones? Jones is an African American swimmer who, as a member of the U.S. Olympic team, holds the world record in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Cullen helped set that record—3:12.46—at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he became only the second black American swimmer to win a gold medal. At the 2012 London […]

This Black History Month, we honor the GAME CHANGERS: Everyday heroes whose actions make life better for the people around them. SEE ALL OUR GAME CHANGERS HERE ————————- Cullen Jones Age: 27 Place of Residence: Why he is a local hero: Jones is working to make sure African-American and Latino kids learn how to swim […]

New York — When Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones was five-years old, he swam to a part of the pool he wasn’t supposed to – the deep end. That day he nearly drowned and lost his life. But instead of allowing the fear to engulf him, Jones went ahead and asked his parents to teach […]

By Mark Anthony Neal The venue was not like any other you might find throughout the country; Late spring at an aquatic center filled with hundreds of kids competing in swimming events. But this was not like any other event.

A NewsOne Exclusive With Memorial Day just around the corner, this year’s beach and pool season is about to begin in earnest. But a new study released by USA Swimming shows that many Black Americans can’t safely join the fun: 70 percent of African-American children have little to no swimming ability, nearly twice as many […]