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About South Valley Aquatics Club - SOVA

South Valley Water Polo - USAWP Club ID: 17247

Corporate Structure

South Valley Water Polo Club (SOVA) - CA CORPORATION #: C3857347 is a California State registered 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Corporation organized to promote local, national and international amateur water polo and aquatics. SOVA has a board, executive officers and volunteer administrative and coaching staff.  Our organization does business under the dba "South Valley Aquatics" (SOVA) and we operate two sports clubs:

1. SOVA - Visalia Water Polo Academy: Serving youth in Visalia and throughout the South San Joaquin Valley

2. SOVA Swim Club: Serving youth in Visalia and throughout the South San Joaquin Valley


As a charitable organization, SOVA seeks to promote increased participation in aquatic sports in the local community, in general, and specifically at young men and women from economically disadvantaged circumstances. SOVA is particularly interested in creating life altering, positive opportunities for young men and women who may otherwise experience generational impediments to higher education and career opportunities.


The organizers of SOVA are ardent long time high school and college water polo and aquatics athletes, coaches, referees and parents who have roots in the South San Joaquin Valley. It is a shared, strong belief that aquatic sports and particularly swimming and water polo are exceptionally demanding sports that hone the character of young men and women. Our experience is that water polo players and swimmers often go to college after high school, they maintain exceptional high school GPAs, and develop outstanding personal resilience based on their participation in competitive aquatic sports.


South Valley Aquatics provides competitive club practice, swim meet, and water polo tournament attendance for our swimmers and players throughout the state of California. Our primary goal is to incrementally and consistently increase the quality of our water polo and swim athletes in the South Valley and become recognized for championship caliber water polo and swim athletes and teams. We strive to display the success and accomplishments of our athletes through our SOVA teams' performance at the annual USA Water Polo Junior Olympic National Tournament, regional and national USA Swim meets, and also in the performance of our local high school teams in their respective CIF Divisional Championships. We measure success by the quality of our players as athletes and citizens as they leave us to positively impact their families, the colleges they attend, the employers they work for and the communities they live in.

Coordination & Cooperation

SOVA is a cooperative effort supported by coordination between the Visalia Unified School District, local middle schools, local high school water polo programs, city parks and recreation department, parents and players. Our common goals and common purpose create the foundation for pool use throughout the school district to support our boys' and girls' teams from 8 years old to 18 years old. As a non-profit charitable contribution organization we also build relationships with private organizations and individuals to coordinate fund raising efforts to support our commitment to the growth of water polo and aquatic sports to include members of our community who would otherwise not have the opportunity.


SOVA Board of Directors

 Jeff Hohne
   Michael Yenigues
  Molly Niederreiter
Allyson  Briano
   Rick Nordell

 Rory Collinwood


Visalia, California 93291

Email: [email protected]

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