BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — There will be plenty lot of people taking to the pool in July in the Windy City as the American Water Polo National State Challenge comes to Chicago, Ill. on Thursday–Sunday, July 13-16, at Fenwick High School and Portage Park. Membership Director of American Water Polo Damon Newman offered these words about the host city. “We are excited to host the 2017 National State Challenge in Chicago. Chicago is a world class city with a deep history of water polo excellence.” Established in 2008, the tournament takes to the road to be hosted for the first time in the Midwest after a three-year stint in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania. One of the premier events of the year for both men and women, as many college coaches and scouts will be attending the tournament. This year’s 18U men’s and women’s teams in addition to competing for attention will also be vying for the $1,000 prize for the winners after their five-game tournament. The home state will be heavily featured as in both the men’s, women’s and the U14 coed division are all boasting several teams from not just the state but the city as well. Windy City Water Polo has teamed up with Athletico Physical Therapy and American Water Polo to bring the event to the Midwest. Newman again lauded the host locations.
“We are thrilled to have the tournament played at the Chicago Parks Portage Park Pool, an institution of outdoor water polo in this great city. Perennial water polo powerhouse Fenwick High School will host games in their all deep facility.” The schedule for the tournament is available at http://www.americanwaterpolo.org/nsc-general-info
Illinois Water Polo would like to thank the 2017 All-State Banquet Sponsors for their generosity and their continued support of IWP’s mission. This year’s Gold Sponsor were Stevenson High School and the Martino Family. Silver Sponsors included Chicago Apostles, John’s Hot Dogs, Lakeview Environmental, Homewood-Flossmoor Swim Club, Forest Park National Bank, Northern Illinois Polo Club, and Lyons Aquatics. Bronze Sponsors were Fenwick High School and Windy City Water Polo. We’d also like to thank our in-kind supporters, Classic Design Awards, Inc., Liberty Creative Solutions, and Lively Bottles.
Interesting in helping Illinois Water Polo continue to provide direction and growth of the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, club, and high school level? Donations are welcome throughout the year, and ads for the All-State banquet ad-book as well as All-State Banquet sponsorship opportunities will be available in early 2018. Visit our fundraising page (http://illinoiswaterpolo.net/about-iwp/fundraising/) for more information on how to help.
Congrats to all the players and coaches selected to the 2017 All-Sectional Teams!
The Illinois Water Polo High School All-Star Games will be held on June 4th. The Girl’s Game will start at 12:30 PM followed by the Boy’s Game at 1:45 PM. All playes names to the 2017 All-State Team are encouraged to participate.
Following the Boy’s Game a reception will be held for all athletes and families.
There are several camps being hosted here in Illinois this summer.
Please check our Events Page to see some of the offerings.
Illinois Water Polo will continue to post new camp opportunities as we become aware of them. If you’re looking for a team to play with this summer, Illinois Water Polo has a list of club teams near you: http://illinoiswaterpolo.
Please download this year’s 2017 Illinois Water Polo All-State Banquet Sponsorship form [link]. This is a great way to honor those that make an All-Sectional Team, All-State Team, are named Player of the Year, earn the Senior Scholastic Award, earn the Phil Stelnicki Award, or are inducted into the IWP Hall of Fame. In addition, this is a great chance to purchase an ad for the ad-book to promote one’s business. Deadline for ads in the ad-book is Monday, May 22, 2017.
Thanks for your support!
British designer India Hicks’ line of affordable luxury jewelry, handbags, beauty and accessories products will be on display during Saturday, May 6th’s water polo matches at Fenwick High School.
20% of all sales donated to the Dave Perry College Scholarship
Immediately following the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference Championship 5pm boys’ water polo game, friends, coaches, officials are all invited to celebrate the end of the IHSA Water Polo regular season at O’Sullivan’s Public House (7244 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130). There will be IWP representatives collecting any donations for the Dave Perry College Scholarship. This scholarship is the only of its kind in Illinois and is intended to assist those aspiring boy and girl water polo athletes to pursue their dreams in college while honoring the long and storied legacy of Coach Perry. For more information on the scholarship, please visit: http://
Illinois Water Polo is looking for all interested players, coaches, fans, and officials of water polo to consider becoming involved in IWP as the organization looks to restructure the by-laws so as to better help grow and develop water polo in Illinois. Our next meeting is Sunday, April 30th at 7pm in the Fenwick library. We will be creating a team to investigate the by-laws and make needed changes to ensure that Illinois Water Polo is set up in the best way to continue to provide direction and growth of the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, club, and high school level. Any interested players, coaches, fans, and officials of water polo are encouraged to attend this Sunday’s meeting.