swimmer Cullen JonesNew Jersey Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones has a reason to swim.

He nearly died in the water. At age five, he didn’t know how to swim. Days after watching her son almost drown, she enrolled him in swimming lessons.

19 years later, after becoming an Olympian gold medalist in Beijing, Cullen is using his status to help battle the shocking statistic of Africa-Americans, especially children, who die every year in the water.

(WATCH the moving video below from MSNBC)

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