Olympic Development Program



From a Nick Johnson Inspirational Award Recipient:
Thank you and everyone with USA Water Polo for this award. It is truly an honor. I had to leave before the awards presentation so I could catch my flight. As I finish my senior year, I look back on my experiences in the Olympic Development Program. I have learned so much from so many people and have made many new friends. I do plan to continue playing water polo and have committed to play for California Baptist University. I believe that without the coaching and experience that I gained from the Olympic Development Program, I would not have the skills and exposure that have enabled me to participate at the collegiate level.

ODP National Championships Athlete:
We just wanted to reach out before too much time went by and tell you it was such a great opportunity for him. We could feel a new maturity about him, even after only two days! He had such a great time and he said all the players were such good guys, which was important to him because the comradery aspect of the experience is always so meaningful to him.

It was a powerful weekend; he was intimidated the first day but he remained positive and looked at it as a great beginning and next year he’ll be one of the older guys!  The size of the older players was a bit intimidating, but again a great opportunity to throw himself into the mix. When he got in the car, his first sentence started with “When I come back next year…”

Thank you again. It’s coaches like you that change a kid’s life, and you’ve certainly done that with him.

Great Lakes ODP Parent:
I wanted to take a moment to thank USA Water Polo for the great camp put on in Pittsburgh. My daughter Lexi had never been involved in anything like that and just had an AMAZING time. The professionalism of the instruction was incredible to watch even for a Dad up in the stands. We can't wait to see everyone in Saline! You should be proud of the great program you are running.

SoCal ODP Camp Parent:
My daughter, Hailey, attended the first camp but unfortunately, had a prior out of town school commitment for this one. Thank you for the opportunity you provided to Hailey and all the girls. I watched from the stands for most of the first session and must say I was very impressed with the program, the high quality coaching staff, and the commitment to create a first rate ODP Team. Well done.

From a 12 and Under Camper Parent:
I would like to echo my husband's sentiment. THANK YOU for hosting such a wonderful camp! Everyone was so kind and so encouraging.

On the drive home, Matt was talking about the coaches and which drills he enjoyed and what he learned. He also loved that he got a photo with Josh Samuels. He looks forward to future events/camps. He's very proud to be carrying his ODP backpack to polo practice today. :)

With much appreciation

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