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Rose Bowl Aquatics Water Polo Team Headed to Uganda to Host Water Polo & Learn-to-Swim Clinics

Published on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 5:22 pm

Rose Bowl Aquatics Water Polo Team [Rose Bowl Aquatics Center]
The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Water Polo Club (RBWPC) announced Tuesday that it will travel to Uganda from July 19 to August 2 to co-host a learn-to-swim camp, a water polo coaches clinic, and participate in the country’s national World Drowning Prevention Day event.

The initiative is a collaboration with the non-profit organization Energy In Action and aims to promote water safety, share their love for the sport, and make a positive impact on the lives of young individuals in Uganda.

Thirteen RBWPC players aged 13 to 17 will travel to various regions in Uganda to engage with local communities, train swim coaches in the basics of water polo, and provide opportunities for children and teenagers to learn water safety and play water polo.

The team’s focus is to teach essential community drowning prevention strategies and survival swimming skills, and the basics of water polo to 100 youth living on Lake Victoria through a 5-day camp. The camp is a partnership between RBWPC, Energy In Action, Uganda Swimming Federation, Uganda Scouts Association, and Swim Safe Uganda.

The team aims to empower individuals to become confident and competent swimmers, reducing the risks associated with water-related activities.

“I am incredibly proud of our athletes’ volunteer efforts, and I encourage them to continue to embrace the spirit of giving back,” said Head Water Polo Coach Mike Gonzales. “By using their platform as athletes, they can inspire and uplift others worldwide, creating a ripple effect of positivity beyond our local community.”

The RBWPC team will participate in Uganda’s national World Drowning Prevention Day activities on July 25, including an exhibition game with the Ugandan national water polo team, learn-to-swim, and water rescue demonstrations. This year, they will also host a coaches clinic for representatives from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. This clinic aims to introduce the dynamic sport of water polo to East Africa, enhance the growth and development of aquatics within the region, and offer new possibilities for aspiring athletes.

The RBWPC team said it is grateful for the support of their school, parents, sponsors, and the wider community, who have contributed to making this trip possible.

Follow their journey to Uganda on social media channels: @energy_in_action @rbwpc

The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, home to RBWPC, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a wide range of aquatic educational, competitive, therapeutic, and recreational programs.

With facilities such as two Olympic Pools, a Therapy Pool, a weight room, conference rooms, locker rooms, a café, and an aquatics merchandise shop, the Center hosts world-class swim, dive, and water polo teams and various other programs.

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