COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – As part of the first annual “A Celebration of Service” held in conjunction with the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, USA Swimming partner Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will host an in-water swim clinic with Olympic medalists leading 30 Atlanta third-grade students Friday.

The clinic will be highlighted during the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl broadcast Saturday on ABC.

Swim 1922 is the partnership between USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. created to increase participation in the sport and minimize drowning rates within the African-American community by engaging local communities with swimming programming.

WHAT:                “A Celebration of Service” swim clinic highlighting Sigma Gamma Rho and USA    Swimming’s Swim 1922 partnership prior to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.

WHEN                 Friday, December 14, 2018

& WHERE:         12:45-1:45 p.m.: School visit with autographs and photo opportunity

                            Address: Charles R. Drew Charter School, 300 E. Lake Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30317

                            2-4 p.m.: In-water swim clinic with Olympians and 30 third-grade participants

                            Address: East Lake YMCA, 275 E. Lake Blvd SE Atlanta, GA 30317

WHO:                 Cullen Jones, Olympic gold medalist

                           Maritza Correia McLendon, Olympic silver medalist

                           Deborah Catchings-Smith, President, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.                     

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About Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Seven educators founded Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development. Our members, affiliates, staff, and community partners work to create and support initiatives that align with our vision.


About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information,


About A Celebration of Service
The First Annual “A Celebration of Service” Presented by Wells-Fargo will engage the Greek Letter organizations termed as “The Divine Nine” in a showcase of the service they provide in communities around the country and the world. “A Celebration of Service” will culminate in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the Mercedes Benz Stadium during the ESPN owned Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, beginning at noon, and televised nationally on ABC. Rank and file members of each organization will be asked to converge on Atlanta as a show of togetherness in a spirit of celebrating service.


Contact: Nailah Ellis Timberlake (719-663-6361,