This video was provided by the CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) , Bruce Wigo.
Henry White, only 3 years old, swam 100 meters at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Henry, son of Eric and Sylvia White of Chicago, Illinois is African American, however, race should “not” define this young swimmer. Completing 100 meters is great for any three year old of any color.
Olympic champion, Cullen Jones, will be proud when he see this video. The swimming community has been striving for more diversity in the sport for many years. Cullen Jones, 4-time Olympic medalist, is the first African American to win Olympic gold in swimming (2008 Beijing, 4×100 free relay). Jones has been the ambassador of this movement via the USA Swimming Foundation and their Make a Splash initiative.
ISHOF has been a long-time supporter of the health and wellness benefits of the sport, but that begins with learning to swim. ISHOF’s Water-safety campaign is ongoing.
Congrats to Henry White on completing 100 meters! Hopefully the swimming passion will continue and we’ll see Henry competing one day.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Our mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children. We will accomplish this through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, and persons involved in life saving activities and education, throughout the world, whose lives and accomplishments will serve to inspire, educate, and be role models for all those who participate in the Hall of Fame’s experience and programs.