Paragon Awards                           Presented By

Richard J. Foster, President USA Water Polo, Inc.

2004 Paragon Award / Water Polo


Richard J. Foster, Water Polo Hall of Famer and currently serving his second term as President of USA Water Polo, has been both an exceptional player and administrator.


Rich gained playing honors early as All City-All League at Woodrow Wilson High School, Long Beach, California.  The powerful field player continued his aquatic success as Captain of the Long Beach Community College team and as an outstanding club player.  His athletic career includes participation in State Junior College Championships (1970), NCAA Championships (1972) and AAU Senior/Junior Outdoor National Championships for the Phillips 66 Club (’67-’71).


Equal to his athletic prowess has been Rich’s commitment of administrative skills to USA Water Polo (formally United States Water Polo).  His service has included a prolonged stint on the legal committee (’82-’90) as well as serving as General Counsel for USWP, Inc.  On the international level, Rich has represented his sport on the United States Olympic Committee.  His most recent success has been securing the 2004 Olympic Swim Trials for the city of Long Beach, California.


Rich Foster’s dedication to promoting water polo and implementing, through affective organization, “scoring this goal”  has enriched the aquatic community.

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