Long Beach Water Polo Club; Inspiring Community, and Developing Character Through Athletics

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EverythingLongBeach.com recently spoke with Eirini Papadaki, Administrator of Long Beach Water Polo Club, via email. They talked about the inspirations and challenges of running a nonprofit organization in Long Beach.

How long has Long Beach Water Polo Club been around? Did it start in Long Beach?

Started in Long Beach, CA, May 2010

Describe Long Beach Water Polo Club. Tell us a little about your nonprofit, your mission, the people you serve, and your goals.

Our mission is to unite the Long Beach community through our passion for the sport of water polo.

We teach our athletes Olympic and International level skills and promise to help families reach their dreams of excellence both athletically and academically. The focus is on strength, endurance, team cohesiveness and self-discipline.

How is Long Beach Water Polo Club different from similar nonprofits?

We are managed by 2 time Olympian and CSULB Men’s and Women’s Head Coach Gavin Arroyo. The dedication of the staff to teach and the outstanding ratio of coach/ athlete.

We are located at the Long Beach State Pool.

How is Long Beach Water Polo Club involved with the community?

Kids who participate in sports attend school more, are more community and civic minded, get in less trouble, and tend to be more successful in the workplace. They have done studies from corporate leaders in the country: The number who made honor role was less than 20% but those who played sports was 70% – 80%.

What are some of the biggest successes Long Beach Water Polo Club has had?

Every day that an athlete shows up for training is a success.

What is the most rewarding part of running Long Beach Water Polo Club?

Coach Arroyo is determined to help every girl or boy that comes on deck to achieve not only his athletic but also academic goals.

What are the challenges you face — as a nonprofit, as an advocacy group, or in your industry?

Promoting the elegant game of water polo, which combines top skill sets from a wide range of major sports, like ball skills, strength and team cohesiveness.

What are the future plans for Long Beach Water Polo Club?

To build good characters and hopefully through that process we develop not only good people but through the process some future Olympians.

Do you have any special events or fundraisers you’d like to tell us about?

We are opening for Fall Session 2010 on September 7th. Free 1 week trial.

What is the most inspiring advice that you received and who did it come from?

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work”

Vincent Lombardi

Long Beach Water Polo Club Details:
Address: 1250 North Bellflower Boulevard, 90460 (CSULB Campus Pool)
Phone Number: (562) 472-5032
Website: www.longbeachwaterpoloclub.com

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