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On Friday, New York’s P.S. 3 elementary school received a visit from swimming Olympian Cullen Jones (pictured), 26, the first African American to break a record in swimming in 115 years.

Anyone who watched the Beijing Olympics in 2008 was sure to see the U.S. swimming team, headlined by Michael Phelps. If you did watch, then you remember Jones as the only African American on the team and the second African American ever to win gold.

Cullen Jones, who hails out of Irvington, N.J., came to the West Village school to tell the kids his story and emphasize the importantance of learning how to swim.

For his part, Jones has been taking his message national for the past two years. According to Jones, nine people die every day from drowning. His organization, Make a Splash, and USA Swimming and oil company ConocoPhillips are passionate about their crusade to get as many young people, especially African Americans and minorities, to learn how to swim:

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