National State Challenge Comes to Chicago on July 13-16

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 ThursdaySunday, 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

Lively Water Bottle Official Sponsor of IWP

Lively Water Bottle, an industry leader in personalized sports water bottles, has joined Illinois Water Polo as official sponsor and sports water bottle supplier through 2020. As part of the agreement, Lively Water Bottle will provide exclusive discounts to Illinois Water Polo members, make contributions to Illinois Water Polo equal to 20% of purchases by IWP members, and provide advisory and graphic design assistance. Members can access the 10% individual discount by visiting and using the code IWPOLO at checkout. The website has design tools that allow you to select from many backgrounds and add your logo and picture and name. Lively bottle will also offer 20% team discounts – contact Lively Bottle will help you create personalized sports water bottles using your logo and team roster.
“We’re incredibly excited to be partnered with Illinois Water Polo”, said Gary Radville. Lively Water Bottle is owned by Gary and Lisa Radville of La Grange Park, IL. Gary is a member of the 1986 inaugural class of the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame a former co-captain of Loyola University teams that competed in three NCAA championships, and also a coach of four Brother Rice HS state championship teams. “Water polo is a demanding sport that requires continuous hydration. Our personalized sports water bottles make hydration fun – we help design team bottles that can be personalized so they’re never lost.”
“Illinois Water Polo is very much looking forward to this partnership with Lively Water Bottle,” Illinois Water Polo President Kyle Perry stated. “We support hydration and the environment, and Lively Water Bottle is a perfect product for our teams. We also are excited to be working with Gary Radville, an inaugural member of the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame.”
About Lively Bottle
Lively Bottle is a leader in sports water bottles. Lively Bottles are locally-owned and produced, are reusable, dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, offer 8 cool lid colors, and are made in USA, which makes them environmentally-friendly. We require no minimum order quantity for orders placed on our website, and offer discounts to IWP members for individual and team orders. Our personalized sports water bottles are shipped in about a week, and delivery is always free.
About Illinois Water Polo
Illinois Water Polo (IWP) provides direction and growth to the sport of water polo in the state of Illinois at the player, coach, official, club, high school, and collegiate levels. IWP works in conjunction with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) to support the spring IHSA Boys State Finals and IHSA Girls State Finals. We are committed to the development of the sport throughout the state of Illinois.

Thank You 2017 All-State Banquet Sponsors!

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 ( for more information on how to help.

2017 IWP All-State Banquet Sponsorship Information

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 MondayMay 22, 2017.

Thanks for your support!

Dave Perry Scholarship Fundraiser May 6th @ Fenwick High School

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

Download the Flyer here

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: