U.S. Olympic silver medalist to hold Houston-area swim clinic

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(Last Updated On: May 23, 2014)

Photo credit:  Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority website.

Join U.S. Olympic silver medalist swimmer Maritza McClendon as she teams up with the Houston Area Alumni Chapters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, in partnership with USA SWIMMING, to host a free swim clinic.

The clinic will be held from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. on June 7 at the Blue Triangle Community Center, 3005 McGowen St. Houston, Texas 77004.

McClendon is the first African-American female to make the U.S. Olympic team and medal in the 2004 400-meter FR.   She  is a three-time world champion, the first African American to break a world record in swimming, and the first African American female to hold American records.

“It’s important to encourage water safety among children and adults.  I’m honored to join my sorority as it teams up with the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the U.S.,” said McClendon.

While most Americans think they can swim just fine, a new survey reveals 44 percent don’t know basic water skills. Couple that with CDC statistics that indicate an average of 10 people in the U.S. drown daily, it’s time to make swimming a priority this summer.

May is Water Safety Month, as kids end the school year and parents and guardians gear up for summer activities centered on and the around water, there’s no better time to promote water safety.

You also can catch McClendon in “Parting the Water,” a documentary about challenges Latino and Black swimmers face. She uses her career platform to promote water safety, and help teach inner-city kids learn how to swim, while spreading her passion for the sport.

U.S. Olympic silver medalist to hold Houston-area swim clinic