Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones Honored at Black History Invitational Swim Meet

John E De Freitas €" Sports Photo Editor | 2/17/2009, midnight

Olympic Gold medalist Cullen Jones, and world class diver, teacher, and scientist Dr. A. Jose Jones were honored for their contributions to Black History at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation€s (DPR) 23rd Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet, last weekend at the Takoma Aquatic Center in Northwest D.C.

Co-founded in 1987 by DPR and the United Black Fund, Inc. (UBF) to honor Black History Month, the Invitational Swim Meet has grown from a small, local competition to one now hailed by USA Swimming as the €premier minority swim competition in the United States and in the world.€

This year, the three-day Invitational Swim Meet attracted over 850 minority competitors, ages five to 18, from swim teams across the country. Beginning in 1989, the Invitational has honored African Americans whose contributions are known throughout the world.

€It is a genuine privilege for us to honor two amazing individuals that have made great contributions to both Black History and swimming in the United States, Cullen Jones and Dr. Jose Jones," said Clark E. Ray, director of DPR. €In addition to their personal achievements, they have both worked to share their talent and commitment by working to inspire and teach children and youth to swim.€