Cullen Jones, a U.S. competitive swimmer and Olympic gold medalist, will be the keynote speaker for North Carolina A&T State University Student Honors Day Convocation. The convocation, which is free and open to the public, will be held Wednesday, April 10 from 10 a.m. – noon in Harrison Auditorium.
Jones specializes in freestyle sprint events. He is the first African American to break a world record as well as win a gold medal at the World University games when he was a student at North Carolina State University. When Jones participated in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he became the second African American to win a swimming Gold as a part of the world-record shattering 4 x100m Freestyle relay team.
During the 2012 London Olympic Games, Cullen added to his relay Gold from Beijing, with two Silver medals and a Gold medal, including an individual Silver medal in his specialty 50m Freestyle.
An ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash program, Cullen travels throughout the country providing free swim lessons to children of all ages. The program focuses on teaching children and minorities to swim and the importance of water safety and drowning prevention.
A motivational speaker, Jones speaks at universities, corporations and non-profit organizations regarding his Olympic experience and overcoming adversity to achieve any goal.