Olympic Gold Medalist to visit Centenary Nov. 10
SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — Following the tragic drowning deaths of six teenagers in Shreveport earlier this year, Olympic gold medalist and African-American swimmer Cullen Jones and USA Swimming Foundation will visit the city, including Centenary College on Thursday, Nov. 10 to raise awareness about the importance of learning to swim.
Cullen along with three time Olympic gold medalist, Rowdy Gaines, will speak to the community at a breakfast held at the College beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons. He will speak about life-saving learn to swim programs, his personal story of near-drowning and what it took for him to later become an Olympic champion. While the event is free and open to the public, there is limited seating and it is required to RSVP (contact information below). Later, Cullen will speak directly to hundreds of children at a youth assembly and then give a swim lesson as part of the team’s efforts to shine a light on water safety and save lives.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10:
7:30 – 8:30AM – Breakfast with community leaders regarding building more learn to swim programs in Shreveport; Cullen Jones is keynote speaker*
Centenary College: Whited Room – 2911 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport, La 71104
10:30AM – 11:30AM – Youth assembly
Creswell Elementary – 2901 Creswell Ave., Shreveport, La
11:45AM – 12:15PM – Cullen gives five children a swim lesson
Centenary College: Pool - 2911 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport, La 71104
* The breakfast event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. Contact Guillermo Rojas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-866-4573 to attend.
About Centenary College of Louisiana
Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City. - 30 -
Centenary College of Louisiana FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 28, 2010) Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073