A new study finds that nearly 60 percent of African-American children can't swim, a figure almost twice that of white children.
That's according to a new study aimed at lowering minority
drowning rates and drawing more blacks into the sport of swimming.
The first-of-its-kind USA Swimming survey also finds that black
children drown at a rate almost three times higher than children
USA Swimming is teaming with local governments, businesses, and
youth and ethnic groups to expand learn-to-swim programs
One of the main players is freestyle star Cullen Jones, who's
hoping to win at this summer's Beijing Olympics. He says he
sometimes hears skeptical comments about swimming from adults in
the black community, even from some of his relatives. But he sees
little hesitation among the children he mentors. As he puts it,
"there's no kid out there who doesn't like jumping into a pool."