December 27, 2010
Jose Cerda Navarro Aquatic Foundation
PURPOSE: To memorialize Jose Cerda, a life-time swimmer who developed a passion for the sport of water polo. Jose passed away while swimming on October 26th, 2010, the day of his 18th birthday.
Jose had a strong desire for self-improvement throughout his life. Although he missed the sectional cut in 100
back by 0.01 sec in spring, 2010, this set back only made him work even harder
to pursue his goals. At the time of his
death, he was training to make it to the short-course
Jose developed his swimming skills with the Sycamore Flying Fish, a club team. He increased his love of the sport and commitment while swimming with his high school team. He then joined the Cincinnati Marlins, an elite club team, to continue challenging himself in his belief that Marlin swimmers pushed each other together in daily practices to improve their times. Swimming provided Jose the discipline, work ethics and environment to develop his character, his social skills and lifestyle; in essence the foundation to form the outstanding citizen he became in and out of the pool.
In his senior year, aware of the void the former seniors left in the Sycamore water polo team, Jose took upon himself the need to develop his skills and those of his team mates by joining summer camps like the MOOSE and by inviting other team mates to attend a camp in California. After the trip, with newly-acquired skills and confidence, Jose rallied his team mates to maintain their skills with weekend practices at the MSTC and the Blue Ash Y. His dedication to the team was also evident in the words of encouragement he always had for fellow players. Jose’s sense of humor, agreeable nature and happy disposition greatly contributed to his team members’ camaraderie and their passion and commitment for both water polo and swimming.
Jose’s passing has brought sport teams and team members closer together. This foundation wishes to maintain the magic of that moment, in which the best elements of humanity were exhibited: all sport teams, water polo players and swimmers came together ‘as one’, exhibiting great camaraderie, unity, respect, support, commitment and integrity.
GOALS: This foundation intends to be perpetual, with measurable annual
contributions to both sports – swimming and water polo. A short-term goal, to
be achieved by the first anniversary of Jose’s passing, is to make a
contribution at the local level to the communities that developed him; ideally
in an area that is of common interest to water polo and swimming in the
BENEFICIARIES PREFERRED ELIGIBILITY