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Just in time for the holidays, a beautiful honor for two men who shared the love of water skiing with their families, their lake, and the entire Arkansas water skiing community.


Richard Williams is announcing the establishment of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation's Kent Williams and Alton Ball Kingsmen Scholarship.


The Kent Williams and Alton Ball Kingsmen Scholarship will be awarded annually to a South Central Water Skier who has participated in the South Central Regionals and can be either an incoming Freshman or a current undergraduate in a four-year college or university.


Kent Williams and Alton Ball were accomplished skiers, barefooters, and show skiers. They made up the duo called the Kingsmen Professional Water Skiers in the 1960s.



Kent Williams was a member of the American Water Ski Association (Now USA Water Ski & Wake Sports) and the American Barefoot Club. As a young man, he was one half of the show

skiing duo The Kingsmen of Little Rock, Arkansas, performing shows with his lifelong friend, Alton Ball. He was a founding member of the Arkansas Water Ski Club and

a lifetime member of the DeGray Ski Club.


Kent used to say you work hard all week so you can play harder at the lake on the weekends. He always loved to tell stories of when he and Alton would be practicing their barefooting acts and they would be invited to someone’s campsite to eat lunch or dinner.


His love for water skiing was passed down to many people including his son Richard and grandchildren Kent and Michael. Kent was a champion for water skiing and enjoyed being on the lake years after he could no longer ski. He loved the friendships he made through the years and valued them regardless of how long he knew you. He was a force in water skiing in the 1960s in Arkansas and continued to love the sport the rest of his life.


Alton Ball was an accomplished performance water skier, also a member of the American Water Ski Association and the American Barefoot Club, as a rated barefoot water skier. As a younger man, he performed "Shows, Thrills, Spills, Chills" at water ski shows as one half of "The Kingsmen Professional Water Skiersnearly with his friend Kent Williams.


Alton often said the best job I ever had was skiing for hamburgers and hot dogs alongside the campsites at Lake Ouachita. A favorite story he would tell was when he and Kent were launching the boat and were recognized by a little boy who ran back to the campsite yelling “Dad! Dad! The Boys from Little Rock are here!“


Alton's love for the sport of waterskiing was a driving force for him as a young adult and

he maintained his friendships, sealed by the sport, for the rest of his life. Alton’s love for waterskiing was infectious and he passed along his knowledge and love for waterskiing to countless persons over the years by teaching and demonstration.


He was truly a pioneer and founding force for the sport of waterskiing in Arkansas in the 1960s.


An incredible honor for two incredible water skiers!


For more information on the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation's Scholarships go HERE or email scholarshipadmin@waterskihalloffame.com


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We are fast approaching the end of the year... and it may be the perfect time to take advantage of a Qualified Charitable Distribution. Help the foundation while you reduce your taxes!


A QCD must come from a Traditional IRA or an Inherited IRA where the beneficiary is older than 70 1/2.

A qualified charitable distribution can allow individuals who are required to take required minimum distributions to donate up to $100,000 total to one or more charities directly from a taxable IRA without the funds being counted as part of their income!


Since the qualified charitable distribution also reduces the overall balance in the IRA, it also potentially can decrease the required minimum distribution required to be taken in subsequent years. Qualified charitable distributions are not counted toward the maximum amount deductible as charitable deductions for those who itemize on their tax returns and might allow more charitable gifting.


Funds are transferred directly to the charity and not through the IRA owner.


Contact Dennis at Treasurer@waterskihalloffame.com for more information!






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Updated: Dec 9, 2021

Three new college scholarships are being added to the long list of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation's scholarships thanks to the generosity of the Florida Water Ski Federation, Brenda Nichols and Kyle Tate.


The scholarship recipients will be selected each year at the Florida State Tournament and the funds will be held in escrow with the Foundation for use by the recipient, within four years of graduating high school, at an accredited two or four-year college or university.


Jeff Clark Scholarship - $1000

Awarded to a youth male competitor at the Florida State Championships as selected by the Board of Directors of the Florida Water Ski Federation. The scholarship shall be awarded to the competitor based on both athletics and character to honor Mr. Clark’s commitment to the sport both on and off the water.


Mr. Clark has been actively involved in all aspects of the sport from being a skier, official, dedicated volunteer, and mentor. The recipient should represent his character and work ethic.


2021 Recipient: Jaeden Eade, Clermont, Florida

Stan & Donna Switzer Scholarship - $1000

Awarded to a youth female competitor at the Florida State Championships as selected by the Board of Directors of the Florida Water Ski Federation. The scholarship shall be awarded to the competitor based on both athletics and character to honor the Switzer’s commitment to the sport both on and off the water.


The Switzers have been amazing skiers, officials, volunteers, and mentors and the recipient should represent their character and work ethic.


2021 Recipient: Cleia Stern, Groveland, Florida


Bill Wenner Scholarship - $1000

Awarded to a youth competitor at the Florida State Championships as selected by Brenda Nichols and Kyle Tate. The scholarship shall be awarded to a competitor based on sportsmanship, character, and improvement both on and off the water.


Mr. Wenner has been an avid participant as an athlete, official, Board member, President of AWSA, and volunteer his entire life. His love of the sport is contagious and the recipient should represent Mr. Wenner’s passion for waterskiing.


2021 Recipient: Kaitlyn Kovacs, Orlando, Florida

You can support the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation's Scholarship Program by donating or establishing your own scholarship. For more information email scholarshipadmin@waterskihalloffame.com


Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation celebrates the history of all towed water sports and promotes these sports through our Scholarship Programs and the Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame. In 2022, we will be marking the 100th Anniversary of Water Skiing with special events, beginning with the Hall of Fame March 4-5, 2022.




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