April 2009 – City of Mesa, in partnership with Mesa Public Schools, opens $8 million Kino Aquatic Complex. Skyline Aquatic Complex, another $8 million world class facility, opens March 2011.
August 2009 – Paul and Laura Smith start coaching Mesa Aquatics Masters and expand into age group swimming and water polo.
July 2012 – Arizona Aquatic Sports Foundation begins with community Board members including Bill Passey, James Zaharis, Sandy Shrader, Kent Nicholas, Paul Smith and Laura Smith. Partner with Arizona Community Foundation for charitable giving.
April 2013 - Present - Working in partnership with USA Swimming, AZASF engages community financial support from Empire Machinery, Ho Ho Kam Foundation and many individual supporters to bring the top Olympic swimmers in the world to Arizona. Fundraising efforts at the Arena Pro Swim Series serves as a primary funding source for AZASF.
World class aquatic facilities and coaching made available to all.
A community that comes together can achieve excellence through aquatics.
The AASF and the children it serves, benefit from broad community support.
Find out what drives us to do what we do. Making a difference in our community.
When I first joined the Board, we saw a definite need to promote awareness, access and long term sustainability for aquatic sports in Arizona. Today we offer excellence through aquatics for over 800 children, we provide opportunity, and we utilize the synergy of the community to benefit those in need.
Thanks for the support that’s made it all possible!
Mrs. Sandy Shrader