Shore Aquatics closes a winning season by giving back to LB community
2009-12-25 · By Editor
The 14-and-under water polo team for Long Beach Shore Aquatics finished a winning water polo season this holiday and celebrated by giving back to the community with volunteer work and a toy drive.
The team has been together for about five years, starting with the legendary Wilson High School Coach Klaus Barth, who passed away from cancer in 2006. Coaches John Foster and Chi Kredell built on the legacy and continued the winning tradition.
This season the team was first place in the Speedo Cup Qualifications in Pasadena in September. They then journeyed to Ann Arbor, MI in November for the national finals of the Speedo Cup where they took fifth place.
That win was followed by second place spots at three different area holiday tournaments in December, including the Coastal California Aquatics (CAA) Championship in Commerce, the Holiday Cup in San Juan Capistrano, and the Saddleback El Toro Water Polo Club (SET) Tournament in Irvine.
Earlier in the year, the Shore team placed seventh in the Gold Bracket at the Junior Olympics in July in Palo Alto.
All the players are middle school-age students from Long Beach who attend either Rogers Middle School, Stanford Middle School, Westerly School or are home-schooled.
In between practice sessions, tournaments and their school work, the players found time to give back to the Long Beach community this holiday season. They supported His Nesting Place, a home for unwed mothers in North Long Beach. The water polo team painted the fence at the home and helped organize a toy drive for the children at the home. They also donated toys to Miller Children’s Hospital, and one player’s family adopted another family through “The Giving Tree.”
To learn more about Shore Aquatics water polo team in Long Beach, go to www.shoreaquatics.com.