Help Save the Santa Clara Aquamaids!
For 56 years, the Santa Clara Aquamaids have taught girls and boys of all ages how to dance on water and how to fly while swimming. We are a family of athletes and coaches with a vibrant history of athletic excellence, international influence, and community engagement. SCA is a pioneer in the sport of synchronized swimming, and recently spearheading the inclusion of men in international competition. More importantly, we are proud to instill (in every Aquamaid) the virtues of teamwork, community, grit, dedication, and grace to help them succeed not only in competitive sports, but also in life.
We believe that everyone should be given the chance to compete in this sport, and we’ve worked hard to make this possible. In 1974, Aquamaid families began fundraising to cover the considerable costs of coaching, pool rental, and competition expenses by holding bingo events. As the bingo program grew, it enabled us to provide equal opportunity access to our synchronized swimming instruction and to nurture a diverse and inclusive culture within our club. It has also allowed us to give back to the Bay Area community, to support the U.S. Artistic Swimming National team, and to champion this sport at home and abroad.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Aquamaid Bingo hall is now empty and our main fundraising income stream has been completely shut down. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we can maintain only a certain level of reserves, and we have exhausted them over the last six months to keep our program going. Now, our club’s fate is in jeopardy. With the unpredictability of the pandemic, we don't know how long it will be until we can open our main bingo hall and resume our fundraising efforts.
How can you help?
Your tax-deductible donation will help to keep our program afloat until we can safely resume our bingo fundraiser. Any contribution, big or small, will be greatly appreciated.
During this unprecedented time, we are striving to give our athletes goals to focus on, teammates to lean on, and coaches who will continue to inspire them. Please share our story, and thank you for your support!
With heartfelt gratitude,
Chris Carver, Head Coach, and Mary Keeler, Head of Operations, on behalf of the Santa Clara Aquamaids
Club Accomplishments and Highlights
- Coached the first U.S. National Synchronized Swim Team, who won the first team gold medal, with a perfect score in their 1996 Atlanta free routine.
- First mixed pairs duet team to win gold at the 2015 FINA world championships (the most prestigious artistic swimming event to include male competitors).
- Supports the U.S. National Artistic Swimming Team through elite coaching and stipends.
- Gives back to the local community through water shows, summer camps, support to our U.S. veterans, and more.
Interesting Articles and Links
- Learn more about the Aquamaids at the Santa Clara Aquamaids website.
- View more videos about the club and our swimmers' routines at the Santa Clara Aquamaids YouTube channel.
- Bianca Johnson Callier joined the Aquamaids in 1997 after being inspired by the 1996 USA National Team's gold medal performance. She retired from competition after 10 years with the team and continued to coach for the Aquamaids from 2007-2013 while putting herself through college. Subsequently, Bianca earned her doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
- Yilian Yuan started her Aquamaid journey as a member of the pre-competitive program. She then moved into the 10/under program where she quickly gained the respect of her coaches through her hard work, dedication, and positive attitude. This year will be her first season with the 11/12 program. Shortly after COVID-19 hit us, Yulian composed a beautiful letter about her experience with the Aquamaids and her love for the sport of Artistic Swimming. As Head Coach, I was so inspired by her letter that I asked her to share it with everyone.