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May 17, 2013
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The fifth annual USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 kicked off at the Empire State Building’s world-famous 86th floor Observatory.
Marking the official kick off of the national Make a Splash Tour, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued a proclamation naming May 16-18 as "Swimming Safety Days."Special guests in attendance were Olympic gold medalists and Make a Splash ambassadors Cullen Jones and Rowdy Gaines; Debbie Hesse, executive director of the USA Swimming Foundation; as well as Kristi DesJarlais, manager, brand and community investments at Phillips 66 and Ric Sweeney, adviser, sponsorships and brand at Phillips 66.On Saturday, May 18, the Empire State Building's iconic tower will shine blue in recognition of water safety education and awareness. Events throughout NYC on Saturday will include water safety information sessions and free swimming lessons at local partner pools, featuring Cullen Jones and other Olympic Swimmers and National team Athletes.For a list of pool visits on May 18, visit makeasplash.org.
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