Who said Black people don’t swim? Well USA Swimming is trying to change that perception.

USA Swimming is partnering with the historically Black Greek service organization to have a presence in their five regional conferences in March and April.

Each of the five regional conferences will include a Friday night public meeting that will incorporate a USA Swimming athlete or representative. Conference attendees will learn about the health and safety benefits of getting involved in the sport of swimming. Two of the regional conferences will also feature a Saturday water safety lesson from USA Swimming.

The kick-off will take place this weekend in Milwaukee, Wis. and will feature 2004 Olympic silver medalist Maritza McClendon and National TeamerAshley Wanland. McClendon will also appear on April 5 in San Antonio, TX, and alongside 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jessica Hardy and the conference in Long Beach Calif. from April 19-21.

Olympic gold medalists Cullen Jones and Tyler McGill will appear on March 22 at the conference stop in Nashville, Tenn.

“We look forward to teaching Sigma Gamma Rho’s members more about USA Swimming,” said Matt Farrell, USA Swimming Chief Marketing Officer. “This overall partnership and USA Swimming’s presence at Sigma Gamma Rho’s national conferences offers us the opportunity to uniquely reach thousands of families across the nation and teach them about the benefits of swimming.”

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