Olympic Development Program


    USA Water Polo is pleased to introduce the Steven Friend Olympic Development Scholarship and offer a sincere thanks to the Friend family for providing this opportunity through their generosity and partnership.

    Steve began swimming and competing as an age grouper with a club in New Jersey when he was 8. In high school in southern California, water polo rescued him from nightly swim practice and he was hooked. Steve loved water polo, worked and played hard, and it is quite special for our family to be able to honor him through the gift of this amazing opportunity for deserving young athletes to experience the National Team Selection camp.

    ~Sandy, Jill and David Friend


    The Steven Friend Olympic Development Scholarship will be awarded to athletes to attend the National Team Selection Camp. Athletes participating in NTSC have demonstrated great commitment, hard work and dedication as have their families. This scholarship will provide the opportunity for these athletes to further their personal and athletic goals within the Olympic Development Program

    Steven Friend
    Steven Friend

    Two athletes, one female and one male, will receive the award which will meet the financial requirements of NTSC participation in full.


    The selection will be based on a written response to following:

    "Describe your athletic and personal goals and how the Olympic Development Program and the commitment required has contributed to your development toward achieving these goals."

    Include your full name and contact information on your application. Please limit your response to no more than 500 words and submit via email to herickson@usawaterpolo.org by March 5 (Boys) and March 19 (Girls). All applicants, including the award recipients, will be notified no later than March 9 (Boys) and March 23 (Girls).

    Anne Laurence, High Performance Manager, John Abdou, Chief High Performance Officer, and Stephanie London Krogius, Chief Membership & Advancement Officer will review and select two candidates, one male and one female.

  • 2017
    Boys - Sam Murphy - Central California Zone
    Girls - Isabella "Izzy" Barajas - Southern Pacific Zone
    Boys - Alika Naone - Coastal California Zone
    Girls - Julianne Snyder - Central California Zone



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