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Florida Sports Foundation
Grant program to honor Florida Synchronized Swimming icon Mary Rose
To keep the spirit of Mary Rose
, the 30-year Sunshine State Games Synchronized Swimming Sport Director, alive, the United States Synchronized Swimming Foundation and Florida Sports Charitable Foundation
have partnered to create the Mary Rose/Sunshine State Games Grant program.
The program is available solely to Florida Synchronized Swimming organizations.
It will be funded on an annual basis by the proceeds from the Synchronized Swimming Competition at the annual Sunshine State Games.
"Mary Rose was not just a major influence on the sport of Synchronized Swimming and the Sunshine State Games," said Stephen Rodriguez, Vice President of the Florida Sports Foundation.
, of Altamonte Springs, was a force in the advancement of Synchronized Swimming not only in Florida
but on a national level.
She was the Coach and Founder of Team Orlando Loreleis, a team which has been producing nationally-recognized champions for over 20 years.
A former U.S. National Champion in duet and a Grand Masters competition title winner, Rose
was recognized internationally for her
synchronized swimming and coaching prowess.
She toured the world as a featured soloist and choreographer with the International Water Follies.
She was the Synchronized Swimming Sport Director for Florida's Sunshine State Game from its inception in 1980 until her death in 2009.
On a national level, Rose served as a USA Synchronized Swimming Association Chair and was on the Site Selection Committee for the organization's six annual national competitions.
"Mary Rose always wanted to build the sport and when I think of Florida synchronized swimming, she's the first name that comes to mind," said Kay Davies, Secretary/Treasurer of the USA Synchronized Swimming Foundation and also a member of the USA Synchronized Swimming Board of Directors for many years.
I know Mary
would be thrilled that this is happening.