The distinguished record of Cal Aquatics, however secure
it may seem today, must not be taken for granted. The vast
majority of the operating budget for the swimming and water
polo programs comes from the athletic department. Cal, along
with the state of California, will surely face severe budgetary
constraints for the foreseeable future. For this reason,
we can no longer rely on the University to provide adequate
funding to preserve these programs' traditions of excellence.
In response to today's austere financial climate, Friends
of Cal Aquatics solicits annual and special gifts to help
provide the scholarships, operational funds, equipment,
and facilities necessary for producing world-class aquatics
teams. If Cal is not only to remain a strong competitor
in these sports, but also to reach the highest level of
achievement, we must rely on the full support and generous
investment of alumni, friends, and families, as well as
companies, foundations, and other organizations.
By leveraging the commitment of our University family
— and working closely with the Friends of Cal Aquatics
support organization — Cal Aquatics can be even more
successful and contribute even more to Berkeley and our
student-athletes. Our vision is for “a new golden
era” of higher achievement for our swimming and water
polo programs, of greater rewards for those who participate
in them, and of a more satisfying and enduring experience
for Cal Aquatics fans.
There are four major goals we must accomplish if we are
to make this new era a reality. We must:
- Strengthen endowments to sustain and enhance Cal Aquatics’
tradition of excellence;
- Award our full allotment of NCAA scholarships;
- Provide facilities commensurate with world-class programs;
- Build a stronger sense of community among all those
who appreciate Cal Aquatics.
We invite you to begin or renew your membership in Friends
of Cal Aquatics. Your participation will allow you to experience
the satisfaction of supporting the swimming and water polo
teams that do so much for student-athletes, the University,
and the entire Cal community. In the process, you will be
able to forge bonds and enjoy social occasions with other
Cal Aquatics fans like you.
To become a new member of Friends of Cal Aquatics or for
more information about membership or specific gift opportunities,
call Alicia Rowell at 510.643.2746, or click on the
“Join our Team” link
to join Friends of Cal Aquatics.