There was a big treat for children attending the Kroc Center in south Omaha Wednesday. Olympic gold medal swimmer Cullen Jones stopped by to meet with a number of children and teach a “Make a Splash” clinic. Jones talked about the importance of water safety and to stress to parents children need to know how to swim.
Drowning is the number one cause of death of children in Nebraska under the age of five and Jones says this needs to stop. Jones nearly drowned when he was five. He says parents need to make sure children know how to swim before they take them to water parks or to the beach so a day of fun doesn’t turn into a tragedy. Even though Jones had a near death experience, years later he qualified for the 2008 Olympics at the swim trials in Omaha. At the games he brought home the gold.