(WMC-TV) – Since Make A Splash Mid-South began four years ago, the group has taught more than 3,000 children to swim. Now the group has won a national contest by simply telling its story.
The group entered a video in the Phillips 66 Water Safety Contest.
Monday, the USA Swimming Foundation announced that Make A Splash's video was the winner.
"I could not be more excited and I have to give a huge shout out to everyone who voted," said Susan Helms, MASM co-founder.
As the big winners, kids will have the opportunity to meet Olympic gold-medalist Cullen Jones in September as part of a swim clinic he'll hold in Memphis upon returning from the Olympic games in London.
Kia Hamilton said she had the honor of meeting Jones once before.
"He's an amazing swimmer, an amazing person and I can't wait to meet him again, to see him swimming and teaching right in front of me," she said.
The Memphis-based Water Safety Coalition received more than 500,000 online votes and along with a visit from Jones, the group will also receive a $5,000 grant.
The money will be used for life guard training and CPR training among other things, said Helms.
Russell Turner took part in the video and said like all other sports, he learned that swimming takes technique.
Now he plans to use that knowledge to challenge Jones to a race.
"I may lose, but I'm going to give it a shot, just to say I raced an Olympic swimmer," he said.
Make A Splash is sponsored by Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Safe Kids Mid-south, the City of Memphis, the University of Memphis and 30 other community partners.
Click here to watch the group's winning video.