Foundation News

It's been postponed twice, but now we are making it happen! And we can't wait for the party! The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony will be a semi-formal event in the beautiful, newly-renovated, easily accessible, RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida.

If you purchased tickets for the 2020 Hall of Fame, those will be valid for the 2021 event.

Please RSVP by April 10 via email to

Additional tickets can be purchased at this LINK.

More Details can be found HERE!

All local COVID-19 Guidelines will be followed and face masks will be required.

Thanks to the hard work and support of USA-WWF Project Executive Director Hank Longo and Polk County Sports Marketing, the Hall of Fame festivities will be an all Polk County event taking place in Davenport and Lakeland.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 23

Hall of Fame Social

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Florida Visitor Information Center

(And take a look at our New USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame Museum!)

101 Adventure Ct, Davenport, FL 33837

Saturday, April 24

Hall of Fame Reception & Ceremony

Social Hour (cash bar) 5:00 pm-6:30 pm

Invocation 6:45 pm

Dinner 7:00 pm

Induction Ceremony 7:30 pm

After Party (cash bar)

RP Funding Center

701 W Lime St, Lakeland, FL 33815

For more information on the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation and the Hall of Fame email

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The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation (USA-WWF) gives out more than $25,000 every year in college scholarships to young water sports athletes and the time to apply is now! The deadline is March 15, 2021. APPLY HERE If you are a high school senior or already attending college, you are probably wondering what the USA-WWF Scholarship Committee is looking for in students when they review and rank applications. Well, it's about more than how you perform on the water. Grades, extra-curricular activities, jobs, and volunteering is part of the complete USA-WWF Student-Athlete.

Zach Butterfield explains in the video above how he prepared for scholarship success in water skiing, academics, and extra-curricular activities. Now is the time to go to and submit your application for consideration for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! The deadline is March 15, 2021. APPLY HERE Questions? Email:

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Dawn Itin Goode has established the Dave Goode Scholarship to honor her husband Dave to award a scholarship to the AWSA and NCWSA skiers from the Midwest Region that are pursuing a degree in Engineering or Mathematics. These were always the most passionate subject areas in Dave’s life.

Dave was the founder and president of Goode Ski Technologies, originally doing business in Waterford, Michigan then relocating to Ogden, Utah. He used his innovative engineering techniques to build carbon fiber slalom skis that have revolutionized the slalom event over the past two decades.

Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.

Dave skied in both the Midwest and Western Regionals, more than 40 US National Championships, several Senior World Championships and nearly every Big Dawg Tour stop and Finals since its inception.

Dave and the company he founded in 1975 when he was just 19 years old, Goode Ski Technologies, was the title sponsor of the GOODE US National Waterski Championships for more than 20 years.

A 2014 USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipient and member of the Michigan Water Ski Hall of Fame, Dave was an accomplished national and international competitor in water skiing, wrapping up his long career by earning a bronze medal in trick skiing at the 2019 Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships.

Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation preserves and 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. We are proud to help honor the memory of Dave Goode.

For questions, please email

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