THE FOUNDATION

THE FOUNDATION

Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation has been an integral part of the history and fabric of water skiing and all towed water sports in the United States. 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation preserves and celebrates the history of all towed water sports and promotes these sports through marketing and educational program initiatives.

ENTERING A NEW ERA AND VISION

Through a series of innovative educational and outreach programs, the Foundation seeks to enhance lives and communities in the United States through the values of the sport of water skiing and all towed water sports. These sports have a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. By their very nature, they are about participation, inclusion, social integration and family. The Foundation will assist people of all ages, walks of life and ability levels in finding fitness, enjoyment and accomplishment through water skiing and all towed water sports.

 

The Foundation also works closely with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the only national governing body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee for all towed water sports. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports consists of nine different sports disciplines (Water Ski, Wakeboard, Show Ski, Barefoot, Kneeboard, Hydrofoil, Racing, Collegiate and Adaptive).

OUR VISION

Our vision is to create an alliance of strategic partners and sponsors that generates the necessary funding to enable the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation to expand current viable programs and add new programs as appropriate to make a powerful impact on the towed water sports community and society in general. Through a series of dynamic programs that utilize the values of towed water sports, we can:

  • Inspire

    Inspire people of all ages to be stewards of our rivers, waterways, lakes and oceans by raising awareness of the importance of our precious water resources, and promoting boat and water safety.

  • Provide

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

    Encouraging the next generation to exceed in life, as well as water sports.

  • Teach

    Teach life lessons exemplified in water sports by honoring, preserving, fostering, and sharing the incredible living history of water skiing and wake sports around the world.

  • Outreach

    Reach out to the 20+ million towed water sports participants around the country through a strong social media presence and through educational and outreach programs.

  • Support

    Support and fund all U.S. Teams to ensure that our representatives at international tournaments reflect the behavior, lifestyle and success to which everyone should aspire.

 

MEET THE TEAM

Ed Hickey

President
president@waterskihalloffame.com
Hank Longo
 
Project Executive Director
marketing@waterskihalloffame.com
Betsy Anderson Gilman
 
Web Contact
betsy@waterskihalloffame.com

EXECUTIVE & FINANCE COMMITTEE

Ed Hickey - President

Mark Overbye - Chairman of the Board

Tim Huston - Vice President

Kim Laskoff - Secretary

Teri Larson Jones - Treasurer

Jim Grew - Advisor

Dennis Longo  - Advisor

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Mike Avila

Betsy Anderson Gilman

Rob Blair

Don Bucher

Jeff Clark

Terry Dorner

Frank Harrison

Ed Hickey

Tim Huston

Jody Johnson

Teri Larson Jones

Kim Laskoff

George Lindy

Larry Meddock

Roger Olson

Mark Overbye

Mary Pelto

Lance Renfrow

John Ryan

Zane Schwenk

Glenn Sperry

Dave Winkler

HONORARY TRUSTEES

William Barlow Jr.

Paul Chapin

Jim Grew

Bob Hicks

Harold Hill

C.W. Lowe

Walt Meloon

J.D. Morgan

Bobby Reich

Chuck Thurman

Bill Wenner

 
 

CONTACT US

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation

6039 Cypress Gardens Blvd. #481

Winter Haven, FL 33884

info@waterskihalloffame.com

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