Sunday was an eventful off-day for several of the Boston Celtics' stars, who got to hang with some of the finest American swimmers we'll see this summer in Tokyo.
Kemba Walker got some schwag from Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones and Elizabeth Beisel:
Cool moment today at #Celtics. @KembaWalker got a team USA swim cap & goggles from @USASwimming Olympians @ebeisel34 & @CullenJones! The real question will he use them? 🏊🏾♂️🏊🏻♀️ 🇺🇸🏅 pic.twitter.com/StRIzO6aF4— The Camera Guys (@NBCSCameraGuys) January 19, 2020
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Elsewhere, Grant Williams got in the pool and took some lessons:
The swimmers teamed up with the Celtics to encourage more youths to pick up swimming. The benefits, as Williams explained, are manifold:
"It’s not only about learning a skill, but it’s just fun. I enjoyed being in the water," Williams said. "It felt pretty cool to be able to say you know how to swim, and it’s a workout. Some people hate lifting weights. Some people hate running. Swimming is one of those things that gets your whole body into it — your arms, your legs — and you’re breathing, so I think it not only allows you to live longer, but look a little bit better as you get up there in age."
Not-so-fun fact: 64% of African-American children have no or low swimming ability@CullenJones, the first African-American to hold a world record in swimming, now uses his platform to spread awareness 🏊🏽♀️🏅 pic.twitter.com/2Wd2vpYuDL— 𝕂𝕨𝕒𝕟𝕚 (@KwaniALunis) January 20, 2020
Even Danny Ainge was getting in on the fun . . .
I meant work on the “swim move” on defense😱 https://t.co/GAAnKnoP8E— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) January 20, 2020
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