Friday, September 30, 2011



You've got greatness in you
But you have to commit
To become great




Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wolf Wigo: 2011 USA Water Polo Hall of Fame / SoFlo Water Polo





click:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIE-NaIH6pA



Three-time Olympian and former Stanford men's water polo All-American Wolf Wigo '95 was elected to the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2011.


Wigo is joined by Robin Beauregard, Michael Garibaldi, Jennie Jacobson-Huse and former Olympic teammate Kyle Kopp in the Class of 2011. The class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a benefit dinner in Los Angeles on Sept. 17.


A four-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1991-94, Wigo was a four-time All-American, twice being named to the first team (1993-94). The AWPCA Player of the Year in 1994, Wigo led the Cardinal to three straight NCAA title games from 1992-94, winning the national championship the final two trips. Overall, the Cardinal went 89-23 (.795) over Wigo's four-year career.


Wigo would go on to represent the U.S. on the Senior National Team at the 1993 and 1995 World University Games, earning top-scorer status at each tournament. He was named to the U.S. Olympic Team for the first time in 1996, in the process becoming the first player from east of the Rocky Mountains to make the squad since 1956.


He would go on to represent the U.S. twice more at the Olympic Games, in 2000 and 2004. Following the 2000 Sydney Games, Wigo was named to the All-World First Team by NBC Sports.


In 1997, Wigo was part of the U.S. team that claimed the gold medal at the FINA World Cup, and went on to serve as the national team's captain from 2001-04.


Since retiring from international competition, Wigo has given back to the water polo community by helping to form SET Water Polo of Orange County, co-founding Kap7 International and assisting with Santa Barbara Club water polo. He also served as a color commentator for water polo competition at the 2008 Olympic Games for NBC Sports.


Currently, Wigo is the Director of Water Polo at UC Santa Barbara, a position he has held since June 2008. Serving as head coach of both the men's and women's programs at UCSB, Wigo is 95-84 over six years guiding the men's team and 51-37 in three years with the women's team. 


Inductees were chosen through a process that included open nominations by their peers, evaluation of their candidacy by the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Committee, and final ratification of the committee's recommendations by the USA Water Polo Board of Directors. The Committee is co-chaired by Brent Bohlender and Chris Dorst, and includes Jody Campbell, Dion Gray, Maggie Kelly, Charles Schroeder and Scott Schulte. USA Water Polo inducted its first Hall of Fame class in 1976.

Olympian Genai Kerr with Music Mogul Sean Paul / SoFlo Water Polo






Jamaican Water Polo Team
2005-06




Sunday, September 25, 2011

Official Website for the XVI Pan American Games, Guadalajara




CLICK:
http://www.guadalajara2011.org.mx/ENG/01_inicio/


PLEASE NOTE: Additional links for the games have been forwarded and can be found below in the comments.





Men Of Troy Stay In Front Of College Top 20 Poll




 9/21/2011 



BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The University of Southern CaliforniaPomona-Pitzer Colleges and Princeton University top the national rankings as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) released the 2011 Men's Varsity Week 3/September 21 National Top 20, Division III Top 10 and CWPA Top 10 Polls.

Voted on by a panel of coaches from the CWPA, Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the polls are compiled and released on Wednesday during each week of the season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.

2011 Men's Varsity National Top 20

The University of Southern California continues its reign at No. 1 in the Week 3/September 21 Men's Varsity National Top 20 poll.

USC, which claimed the 2010 NCAA Championship with a 12-10 overtime victory against the University of California-Berkeley, garnered 100 points to remain on top of standings after previously ranking at No. 1 in the preseason balloting and the past two weeks.

The Top Five in the poll experienced dramatic changes as the University of California-Los Angeles (95 points) climbs one place to No. 2, California slips one spot to No. 3 (90 points), Stanford University (85 points) holds firm at No. 4 and Pepperdine University (79 points) improves a place to No. 5.
Positions No. 6-to-10 also underwent a makeover as University of the Pacific (76 points) falls out of the Top Five to rate at No. 6, University of California-Santa Barbara (70 points) takes over at No. 7 and University of California-Irvine (66 points) drops to No. 8.  Two teams crack the Top 10 this week as the University of California-Davis (56 points) and University of California-San Diego (53 points) move up from No. 11 and 12 to take over at No. 9 and 10, respectively, to round out the top half of the September 21 poll.

Previous Top 10 squads Loyola Marymount University (43 points) and Long Beach State University (42 points) begin the bottom portion of the Top 20 rankings by rating at No. 11 and 12, while Princeton University (41 points) improves to No. 13 and rates as the first non-California school in this week's poll.

Concordia University (37 points), Santa Clara University (35 points), the United States Naval Academy (33 points) and California Baptist University (16 points) stand at No. 14-17, respectively, while Bucknell University (9 points) is joined by previously unranked Brown University (9 points) at No. 18.

St. Francis College (N.Y.) (6 points) and the United States Air Force Academy (6 points) complete the Top 20 as the duo are tied for the final position at No. 20.

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges each received five points to round out the other teams to receive votes in the rankings and barely miss cracking the Top 20.

2011 Varsity Top 20 (Week 3 - September 21)

Rank Team Sept. 14 Poll Points
1 University of Southern California
1 100
2 University of California-Los Angeles
3 95
3 University of California
2 90
4 Stanford University
4 85
5 Pepperdine University
6 (T) 79
6
University of the Pacific
5 76
7 University of California-Santa Barbara
8 70
8 University of California-Irvine
6 (T) 66
9 University of California-Davis
11 56
10 University of California-San Diego
12 53
11 Loyola Marymount University
10 43
12 Long Beach State University 9 42
13 Princeton University
14 41
14 Concordia University
13 37
15 Santa Clara University
16 (T)
35
16
United States Naval Academy
15 33
17
California Baptist University
18 16
18 (T)
Brown University
RV 9
18 (T)
Bucknell University
16 (T) 9
20 (T)
St. Francis College
19 6
20 (T) United States Air Force Academy
20 6
RV Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
RV 5

2011 Men's Varsity Division III Top 10

A new team takes over the No. 1 ranking in the Week 3/September 21 Men's Varsity Division III National Top 10 poll as Pomona-Pitzer Colleges climbs from No. 4 to the top spot.

The Sagehens edge Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, which was ranked at No. 1 in the preseason, September 5 and September 12 polls, as Pomona-Pitzer garnered 97 points to CMS' 96 points.

Due to Pomona-Pitzer's climb, the rest of the rankings underwent adjustments as the University of Redlands (89 points) and Johns Hopkins University (85 points) slip back to No. 3 and 4, respectively.

California Lutheran University (80 points), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (74 points) and Whittier College (70 points) remain at No. 5-to-7, while Chapman University (64 points) jumps two spots to No. 8.

Occidental College (58 points) and University of La Verne (49 points) slide to No. 9 and 10 to complete the September 21 Top 10.

Washington & Jefferson College (13 points) also received votes in this week's poll.

2011 Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 3 - September 21)

Rank Team Sept. 14 Poll Points
1
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
4
97
2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
1
96
3 University of Redlands
2
89
4 Johns Hopkins University
3 85
5 California Lutheran University
5 80
6 MIT
6
74
7 Whittier College
7
70
8 Chapman University
10
64
9 Occidental College
8 58
10 University of La Verne
9
49
RV
Washington & Jefferson College
RV 13

2011 Men's Varsity CWPA Top 10

Thanks to the combination of a 3-0 record at the North-vs.-South Tournament at the United States Naval Academy, and Navy's losses to the University of California-San Diego and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges last week in California, Princeton University takes over the top position in the Week 3/September 21 Men's Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 10 Poll.

Princeton, which defeated Iona College (15-4 W), Connecticut College (16-3 W) and Fordham University (13-6 W) to improve to 8-0 on the season, picked up 100 points to rate as the unanimous top selection in the league.  It is the culmination of a steady climb for the Tigers who rated at No. 3 in the Week 1 poll and No. 2 last week.

The United States Naval Academy (92 points), which competed on both coasts last weekend, slips back to No. 2 in a dramatically redefined picture of the league's best teams.

Brown University (87 points) jumps to No. 3, while Bucknell University (85 points) and defending CWPA Eastern Champion St. Francis College (85 points) move into a tie at No. 4.

Johns Hopkins University (76 points) and Harvard University (55 points) begin the final five positions in the Top 10 at No. 6 and 7.  The Massachusettts Institute of Technology (53 points) remains at No. 8, while Iona College (47 points) moves into the Top 10 at No. 9.

George Washington University (36 points) edges out Mercyhurst College (35 points) for the final position in the Top 10.

Fordham University (24 points) also received votes, but missed out on cracking the Top 10.

2011 Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 3 - September 21)

Rank Team Sept. 14 Poll Points
1 Princeton University
2 (T)
100
2
United States Naval Academy
1 92
3 Brown University
6
97
4 (T)
Bucknell University
2 (T) 85
4 (T)
St. Francis College (N.Y.)
4 85
6
Johns Hopkins University
5
76
7 Harvard University
7
55
8 MIT 8
53
9 Iona College
RV 47
10 George Washington University
9
36
RV
Mercyhurst College 10 35
RV Fordham University RV 24




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Love this concept, someone should get it started here in SoFlo




Beast of the East High School Tournament Set for This Weekend


READING, Pa. -- The 2011 Beast of the East Tournament featuring some of the best high school boys' and girls' teams from the Northeast will be held on Friday-Saturday, September 23-24 at Wilson High School (Friday First Round and Saturday Flight One Championship), Governor Mifflin High School (Friday First Round and Saturday Flight Two Championship), Muhlenberg High School (Friday First Round and Saturday JV Tournament), Reading High School (Friday First Round and Saturday Flight Three Championship), Pottsville High School (Friday First Round), Perkiomen Valley High School (Friday First Round), Cumberland Valley High School (Friday First Round), Upper Merion High School (Friday First Round) and Central York High School (Saturday Flight Four Championship).

The event will feature over sixty varsity and junior varsity teams from five different states including: Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Ohio and New Jersey. This is a great recruiting opportunity for collegiate coaches to see a large number of the top male and female players from the Northeast in one weekend. College coaches attending the event will be admitted free.

The tournament schedule for both varsity dates and the junior varsity tournament are available at the following links:
*** This a great idea, very similar to the University of Miami's "Pro-Day" where UM invites all the NFL scouts on campus to watch the kids workout who are going to enter the draft.






 "The difference between the impossible and               the possible lies in a person's                                        determination."
- Tommy Lasorda




DELICIOSO / SoFlo Water Polo






It's been said "looks can be deceiving", had one of these recently and it was shockingly tasty!

They're available at most health food stores.

The nutritional breakdown is below however some may find them slightly pricey at almost $2 per pop. Which brought us to wonder how hard can it be to make these at home? We're betting there are countless recipes on the web and with powdered spirulina so cheap in bulk, it's worth exploring.


Raw Revolution Kosher Organic Live Food Bar Spirulina & Cashew -- 2.2 oz Each Parve Description:


"As a Registered Nurse and Natural Foods Chef I’ve developed a passion for raw foods. Imagine an alternative to high sugar processed snacks that tastes simply amazing, a fusion of live, raw and organic ingredients. Imagine a clean snack with a higher nutrient content that brings us closer to healing ourselves and the global ecology. Stop imagining and join the Raw Revolution. You owe it to yourself."
-Alice Benedetto Founder of Raw Indulgence



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Other Ingredients:
CASHEWS, DATES, AGAVE NECTAR, ALMONDS, SPIRULINA POWDER, SPROUTED FLAX SEED 

Food Sensitivity:
Organic, 100% Raw, Kosher (parve), Vegan
Free of: preservatives, refined sweeteners, gluten, soy, wheat, peanuts and all animal products.
Made in a gluten, peanut and animal product free facility.
Caution: may contain naturally occurring shell & pit fragments.

Disclaimer: 
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.









Monday, September 19, 2011

FUEL / SoFlo Water Polo




It’s amazing how much more you can get out of training with a “full tank.” PowerBar Energy Bites are a great choice for use before or during exercise. They’re formulated with PowerBar® C2MAX dual source energy blend, a 2:1 glucose to fructose blend found to deliver 20–50% more energy to muscles than glucose alone and improve endurance performance by 8%.* Pop a few great tasting Energy Bites 30–60 minutes before training to top off your energy stores. And for longer workouts, a few Bites during can help give you an additional kick to finish strong!

Energy Bites Personalized Usage Chart
Your Body WeightBefore and/or During
Bites 30–60 minutes before activityBites per hour during activity for 1–2 hours*
100 lbs3–54–5
150 lbs5–76–7
200 lbs7–98–9
* For higher intensity training or races lasting two hours or more, have 45–90g of C2 MAX carbs per hour.


PowerBar Energy Bites — key features:

  • Provide More Energy to Muscles with C2MAX
  • Personalized sports nutrition
  • Packed in a convenient resealable pouch
  • No preservatives or artificial flavors

*Currell K, Jeukendrup A. Superior endurance performance with ingestion of multiple transportable carbohydrates. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2008;40:275–281.

PowerBar® Energy Bites are available for purchase online or at sports retailers including: Big 5, Bike Nashbar, Hudson Trail Outfitters, Performance Bicycle, REI, Road Runner Sports, and Sport Chalet.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size 4 pcs
Calories 150
Calories from fat 25
* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Amount/Serving
% DV*
Total Fat 3g
5% 
  Sat Fat 1.5g
7% 
  Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol <5mg
1% 
Sodium 125mg
5% 
Amount/Serving
% DV*
Total Carb 26g
9% 
  Dietary Fiber 1g
4% 
  Sugars 16g
Protein 5g
10% 
Calcium 
2% 
Iron 
4% 
  • Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 0% • Calcium 2% • Iron 4% •

Ingredients

C2 MAX ENERGY BLEND (EVAPORATED CANE JUICE INVERT SYRUP, MALTODEXTRIN, SUGAR, FRUCTOSE), ALKALIZED COCOA, WHEAT FLOUR, OATS, MILK PROTEIN ISOLATE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, CRANBERRIES, CHOCOLATE, 2% OR LESS OF NONFAT MILK, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, HIGH OLEIC CANOLA OIL, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, SOY LECITHIN, PGPR — AN EMULSIFIER, NATURAL FLAVORS, SALT. CONTAINS MILK, SOY AND WHEAT INGREDIENTS. MADE ON EQUIPMENT THAT ALSO PROCESSES EGG, NUTS AND PEANUTS.



Jeff Ma

Jayne Appel

Rohan Rambukpotha

Omar Amr / Margie Dingeldein

Cameron Brinkman

Annalaina Marks

USA Water Polo Announces "Cap Campaign" Featuring Notable Players Raising Water Polo Awareness




Huntington Beach, Calif. – September 19, 2011 – USA Water Polo, the National Governing Body for the sport in the United States, today announced the first ever "Cap Campaign." Unveiled at the 2011 USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Induction Benefit Dinner in downtown Los Angeles, the campaign features a wide variety of accomplished water polo players donning water polo caps to raise awareness of the fast-growing sport. The series of arresting images showcases television stars, Grammy Award winning recording artists, astronauts, surgeons, and more, each with water polo playing experience ranging from high school through the Olympic Games.  

"I Am Water Polo" is the headline that anchors the campaign, featuring a star-studded lineup who volunteered their time to once again don the iconic water polo cap. The group includes recording artist Sean Paul, actor Ted McGinley, astronaut Steve Smith, consultant and inspiration for the blackjack-themed movie "21" Jeff Ma, actress and model Annalaina Marks, star of MTV series “Laguna Beach,” Cameron Brinkman, Olympians and surgeons Omar Amr and Margie Dingeldein, actor Clayton Snyder, world class chef Rohan Rambukpotha, and WNBA All-Star Jayne Appel. 

“We hope to rally the water polo community here in the US around the defining image of the water polo cap,” said USA Water Polo CMO Jennifer Rottenberg.  “We are grateful to the wonderful members of the water polo community who already have donated their time and their images to define the campaign, and we look forward to seeing what the imaginations of others in the sport have in store!”

The timeless images of "Cap Campaign" participants will be distributed via print advertisements for magazines nationwide and online public service announcements scheduled to launch in 2012. A website has also launched, featuring the tagline of the campaign, www.IamWaterPolo.org, which will house larger galleries from the "Cap Campaign" photo shoots, interviews, and behind the scenes footage. In addition, USA Water Polo social media will be active in the campaign at a grassroots level offering water polo players the opportunity to submit their own "I Am Water Polo" images to the National Governing Body’s official facebook account (www.facebook.com/usawp) where fans can vote on their favorite images with prizes to be awarded along with recognition in USAWP’s quarterly SkipShot magazine.

The campaign was photographed by notable celebrity photographer Michael Larsen, one half of the dynamic team of Larsen & Talbert, known for images appearing in publications ranging from USA Weekend to SELF Magazine.

Recording artist Sean Paul won a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Reggae Album and played for the Jamaican Water Polo National Team until age 21 before focusing on music. 

Actor Ted McGinley is known for roles on Happy Days, The Love Boat, Married With Children and Hope & Faith among others, over his 30 year career in show business. He was once a member of the USA Men's Junior National Team and earned a water polo scholarship to USC, where he was a two-time team MVP and Captained the team in his junior year.

Astronaut Steve Smith has taken part in four different space missions covering over 16 million miles on the space shuttles Endeavour, Discovery, and Atlantis and conducted seven space walks totaling nearly 50 hours. He played water polo at Leland High School and was also captain of the 1980 Stanford University Men's Water Polo Team that won the NCAA Championship.

Jeff Ma was a member of the MIT Blackjack Team that later served as the basis for the book "Bringing Down the House" and the feature film "21." Now a consultant to the Portland Trailblazers and San Franicso 49ers, Ma played water polo at MIT, served as a zone coach, and remains active in Masters water polo. 

Actress and model Annalaina Marks has appeared on America's Next Top Model, as well as the tv series Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods and Kings and in the feature film “Maid of Honor,” among others. Marks was a three-time high school water polo All American at McDowell HS in Erie, Pennsylvania. She played water polo collegiately at Mercyhurst College and later for the New York Athletic Club. 

Cameron Brinkman, a cast member on MTV's hit reality series Laguna Beach, also played water polo during his days at Laguna Beach High School, as well as competing in age group water polo for Laguna Beach Water Polo Club, TRAP Water Polo Club, and Breakers Water Polo Club. He played collegiately at the University of California, Irvine.

Omar Amr and Margie Dingeldein are both medical doctors, but before they began helping others in clinics and hospitals, they helped Team USA to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where Dingeldein earned a Bronze Medal as a member of the Women's National Team. Omar’s water polo career began at Fullerton Aquatics, and continued at Fullerton High School, EAST Water Polo Club, and collegiately, at UC Irvine. Since retiring from his nine-year National Team career, he continues to play water polo at the Masters level, for Newport Water Polo Foundation.

Actor Clayton Snyder played Ethan Craft on the hit Disney show Lizzie McGuire and the feature film "The Lizzie McGuire Movie." Snyder’s club water polo resume includes Golden West Water Polo Club, Seal Beach Water Polo, Long Beach Shore, and SOCAL. He was a member of the Los Alamitos High School team, then went on to play water polo at Pepperdine University and recently helped the USA Men's National Team to a fourth place finish at the World University Games. He has also played for the Olympic Club and for Promogest Quartu (Italy). 

Chef Rohan Rambukpotha has served as Personal Chef to actors Adam Rodriguez and Mekhi Phifer and has cooked for the likes of the late Rosa Parks, former President Bill Clinton, Snoop Dogg, and Method Man. Classically trained at Le Cordon Blue, Paris, he currently heads a gourmet food delivery service in Los Angeles. He competed for the Terrier Water Polo Club, Brooklyn, NY, and won a Junior Olympic Gold Medal playing for Annapolis Water Polo and competed in club water polo at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also represented the East Coast at a USAWP National Junior Team Training Camp.

Jayne Appel, an All-Star for the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars was a four year starter at Stanford University and also helped the USA Women's Basketball Team to Gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championships and has her sights set on London 2012. Appel was a three-year varsity athlete in water polo at Carondelet High School.

To see what participants of the cap campaign are saying please see the attached quote sheet. 

To learn about the USA Water Polo "cap campaign" or to find out more about spreading the word on water polo, visit www.IamWaterPolo.org or www.facebook.com/usawp. To learn more about USA Water Polo, be sure to visit the official website at www.usawaterpolo.org.  

About USA Water Polo 
USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 40,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport nationwide. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials.

Official USA Water Polo Sponsors
24 Hour Fitness, Active Media, American Pistachios, Aquahydrate, Big Fish Payroll Services, Capital One, Colorado Time, H2O Audio, Intercontinental Hotels Group, iSport, Jostens, Kaenon, KT Tape, Ludus Tours, Malibu Wellness, Mikasa, Ospraie Management, PowerBar, REUSE Jeans, Sea Federal Credit Union, Squar Milner, SwimOutlet.com, Stemilt, TURBO, United, VIDA Organic Life Massage & Water Marque.

About Larsen & Talbert
Larsen&Talbert is the husband and wife photographic team of Michael Larsen and Tracy Talbert. They met in high school where Michael was the yearbook photographer and Tracy shot for the school newspaper. In 1997, they married and launched Larsen&Talbert Photography. They have been specializing in their unique brand of celebrity portraiture and lifestyle photography for magazine and advertising clients for over 13 years. Their fun, colorful, flattering portraits have appeared worldwide and have been featured in magazines such as SELF, Esquire, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, Parade, Playboy, USA Weekend, Good Housekeeping, Guideposts, People, US, and First for Women. Commercial celebrity and lifestyle clients include Fox Broadcasting, Disney, Turner Broadcasting, The Game Show Network, Warner Brothers Television, Babies R Us, and JBrand Jeans.

USA Water Polo Cap Campaign Quotes

"Water polo to me was a huge part of my life, eight years, my whole high school and college, something that I was super passionate about and love to encourage other people to play. I've just been in love with the sport since the first time I played it." - Annalaina Marks

"For me it was important because I'm obsessed with water polo and I think everyone should play water polo. I think it's good to get the word out.  A lot of people don't really know about water polo and since it was such a huge part of my life I just want to share that with other people."  - Annalaina Marks

"One it's discipline, it's friends, competition, getting focused, it means all those things to me because it gave me all those things." - Sean Paul

"I love that it's a sport that has evolved and it keeps evolving…the game got faster." - Sean Paul

"It was a real close knit group of friends that I grew up around playing water polo, great experiences playing water polo, great friends, a good vibe for discipline." - Sean Paul

"I think it is important, I'm trying to promote it even in my own country, I've had people like Genai Kerr come there and do an invitational meet, we are trying to give it some form of exposure there in Jamaica. Also trying to promote it worldwide, it's an excellent sport, great for kids to do, I don't think it's big enough yet in the international community."  - Sean Paul

"For me water polo was my pathway to my dreams so in some ways it was kind of a gateway. It also provided me with all these important life lessons that came in very handy in very stressful situations, riding rockets into space and preparing myself to work in adverse conditions where you had to work quickly but carefully. Water polo really taught me all these life important lessons. It taught me how to overcome adversity." - Steve Smith

"You'll find sometimes when your involved with a sport like water polo it gives you these lifelong friendships too." - Steve Smith

"Everyone has so many different organizations they can get involved with now, many more than we did, and I'd like to see water polo's popularity grow. I think having both the boys and girls youth see some of the people who contribute to our society nowadays came from water polo would be really important and I'm hoping that they'll see the ad campaign and understand water polo can lead anywhere in the world, and for me, it lead to out of this world." - Steve Smith

"I would consider it the greatest experience of my life, it's the experience that made me a man, that taught me so many life lessons that you get from sport, ones that I've been able to pass down. (It was) invaluable, beyond words, got me through school, high school, and college, it was the greatest gift I gave myself." - Ted McGinley

"I'm so proud of the time I put in the pool, so proud of the people I met along way, just to be asked to do this was exciting for me. I love it when I run into people who remember me from playing water polo as opposed to what I do now, which is an actor. It's rare that anyone remembers me but it's fun when I run into guys that played water polo who, we can speak in terms of water polo and what it was like and how we played, it's the great camaraderie. I was so excited to be asked to be part of this because I'm proud of it. I'm more proud of this probably than I am my professional career." - Ted McGinley

"A lot of the relationships and friendships I've made have been through water polo especially afterwards. I'd say in some respects my masters water polo experience has been even more fun than my high school and college career just because I've gotten to play with a lot of my good friends from all around the US and it's helped me have a way to stay in touch with them, a way to go on trips and just have a ton of fun going to places like Las Vegas, Arizona, all over the places we travel." Jeff Ma

"Water polo in a lot of ways is what has defined me, I was a coach for probably 10 years, all my friends and my wife is a water polo player, it defines me and my friends, it's probably one of the biggest things I've done in my life in terms of dictating who I am and who my friends are and what my life's going to be."  - Jeff Ma

"I think anything I can do to support USA Water Polo is important to me because how much I've received from the sport and how important the sport is to me. - Jeff Ma

"I think it is important for water polo to have a huge awareness about it. I think it brings so many positive things into people's lives in terms of social circles, a different atmosphere of what people might be used to in terms of indoor sports, getting people outside, out in front of the TV and away from all that. Anything that brings kids to be active and get involved with other kids I think is a very positive thing."  - Jayne Appel

"A grueling sport that I don't think many people realize how tough it is until they actually watch a game, it kind of brings the competitive atmosphere out in sport and provides a lot of fun for all the people who watch." - Jayne Appel

"Water polo has helped me with a lot of life lessons and character and how to deal with people and how to carry yourself, lots of lessons on accountability." Clayton Snyder

"It's been an overall very positive journey, I'm here now, made it to the National 'B' rank, trying to get up a little bit, it's something that I hope to be will be a part of the rest of my life." Clayton Snyder

"I think water polo deserves a lot more attention than it gets, just to have a broader base of people that know about water polo, just to realize, just to get the attention it deserves, (to get) more numbers out there, people playing the sport, I think if more people just knew about it, more people would be into it." Clayton Snyder

"Its definitely taught me some life lessons, discipline, teamwork for sure, all around a fun game, it takes a lot to be a water polo player. Just staying in shape is half the battle sometimes playing water polo, discipline--definitely, for sure, teamwork-- absolutely." - Rohan Rambukpotha

"Water polo holds a big part in my heart, I've always loved the game, loved playing water polo and anything that can support USA water polo I'm down for." -- Rohan Rambukpotha

"My experience playing was incredible, getting to go to the Olympics was probably one of the best moments of my life, playing for my coach in college pretty much taught me everything I know about being a man, my whole water polo experience has been absolutely incredible." - Omar Amr

"I want to support USA Water Polo, I want my kids to play water polo, I want my grandkids to play water polo, so it's got to be around, so anything I can do to support it, I do." - Omar Amr

"Playing on the Olympic team was intense, and awesome. It was hard work but definitely playing in  international tournaments, Olympics, with those teammates, it was just an awesome experience."  - Margie Dingeldein

"Water polo has given me so much, I had such an amazing experience, so much fun, I just want more people to try it." - Margie Dingeldein