Foundation News

You may have noticed we have been announcing our 2020 Scholarship Winners... Yes, we are back on track with one of our core missions! We have awarded more than $25,000 this year to our young water sports athletes!

Now we need your help! 

We would like each one of you to approach your local ski club to join us and support the foundation! We have a goal of raising $100,000 by the end of October.

The Foundation is one of the best-kept secrets in towed sports since 1968. Many of the 20 million people that enjoy towed water sports do not know what the Foundation is all about.

Our Vision: Inspire people of all ages to protect our waterways, preserve and understand our precious water resources, and promote boat and water safety.

  • Provide scholarships and educational opportunities to young people who excel in towed water sports.

  • Preserving and sharing the history of water skiing and wake sports around the world.

  • To assist and support all US Teams at international events around the world.

HAVE YOUR CLUB SUPPORT US TODAY! $100 Bronze Membership $250 Silver Membership $500 Gold Membership $1000 Platinum Membership

Join the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Click HERE!

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Our scholarship program is our pride and joy. We love supporting the future of our sport by supporting our young student-athletes. We just finished announcing our 2020 Award Winners and wanted to check in with some of the winners from the not-so-distant past.

Alex Youngblood, winner of the 2019 Jennifer Renee Odom - Dave Kammerer Memorial Barefoot Scholarship is attending Michigan State University and majoring in Exercise Science. Alex says she hopes to become a professional athletic trainer.

Alex works and goes to school so the foundation scholarship has taken some of the stress off this year. She took the last school year off to train for the 2020 IWWF Elite World Barefoot Championships in Sydney, Australia. Alex was part of two Junior Barefoot World Champion Teams in 2016 and 2018.

Next summer, she hopes to intern in Miami and do some barefooting in South Florida! Before Alex left for Michigan State this year... she took time to record this video for us!

Good Luck Alex!

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(Winter Haven, FL) - USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers and riders who show leadership abilities and demonstrate that involvement in the sport has helped them grow both personally and academically.

For the second year in a row... Krista Butterfield from Sherman, Texas has won the $5000 Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Scholarship. Krista is a senior at Texas A&M University, majoring in nursing. She is a 4.0 student who hopes to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

“It is wonderful to be able to water ski and study in college as well as help grow the sport. The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation is fundamental to continue doing what we love. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” says Krista.

Krista displayed a special drive and enthusiasm for water skiing from a very young age. She is a dedicated three-event skier, official, and team leader for the Texas A&M University Water Ski Team. We are proud to award Krista Butterfield the Barbara Bolding Scholarship for her accomplishments on and off the water.

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.

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