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About Jose










11th Annual JCAF Gala
June 11, 2022

Special Guest speaker TBA.


 JCAF will continue supporting the new Mason pool complex with this event in 2022.  

Rowdy will also coach the JC Memorial Swim Clinic on October 24, 2021

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                    SWIMMING PRIDE


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Sixth Annual Memorial Swim Clinic

with Olympic swimmer Rowdy Gaines.

 October 30, 2016. 

Fifth annual Memorial Swim Clinic on October 25, 2015.  Thanks Erin Kirby for this recap video.

Fifth annual JCAF Dinner Gala- July 13, 2015 at The Phoenix, downtown Cincinnati.  Recap of the event thanks to Brandon Hall

Mr. Frank Busch, USA Swimming National Team Director, keynote speaker at fifth annual JCAF Dinner Gala- 2015

Huge thanks to Ohio Swimming for purchasing a table to support the 2015 JCAF Dinner Gala.  In picture with David Back, General Chair of Ohio Swimming.

 Recognition to Ms. Claudia Multer at fifth annual JCAF Dinner Gala- 2015 for her invaluable servie to the swimming community

2015 Ohio Water Polo Camp- Jose Cerda Award

Michael Lopez - St. Xavier High School

Chloe Arrasmith - Walnut Hills High School

2015 Jose Cerda Memorial water polo Tournament 


Video prepared by Brandon Hall captures the 5th annual JCMT which took place at the University of Cincinnati on July 11-12, 2015.

Memorial Swim Clinic

October 26, 2014 


2014 Jose Cerda Memorial water polo Tournament 

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Congratulations to the Champions: Moose girls and Tiger boys

Scott Usher and Pat Lunsford

Award recipients at fourth Gala


2014 Ohio Cup

Handing out the Ohio Cup team T-shirts

Thank you John Zurovchak, Cheryl Mueller and all the Ohio Cup Team for the partnership with JCAF

2014 Ohio Water Polo Camp

Coverage in Skipshot magazine. Thank you USA water polo

Skyler Fontaine and Mikey Roberts received the Jose Cerda Award at the Ohio Water Polo Camp

2013 Swim Clinic

October 27, 2013

Held at the pool of the Mason Community Center. Swimmers 12 years and under attend in the morning; 13 years and older in the afternoon. Thank you to the Art Institute of Ohio for the design of the T-shirt and the poster to promote the Clinic .

2013 Ohio Water Polo Camp

October 27, 2012

From left to right:  Drew Hugenberg, former teammate of Jose presenting the award to Riku Kaida, Gina Schwegmann receiving the award from Stephen Ioas, also former teammate of Jose.

2013 Water Polo Tournament

July 15, 2013

Proud winners of the WP Tournament held at the Universiy of Cincinnati

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2013 Fundraising Dinner Gala

April 6, 2013

Visit the facebook page of the Foundation to see picture albums of yearly dinner galas

2012 JC Swim Clinic

October 27, 2012

Thanks to Sammy Wolkof for securing participation of such world champions!

2011 Fundraising Dinner Gala

April 16, 2011

First Dinner and dancing gala.  Thanks to Jeremy Whalen from Prestige for his invaluable A/V support

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Snippets of Swim Clinics 2011-2013

Thank you Kevin Bronaugh for preparing the video with highlights from the swim clinics in 2011, 2012 and 2013

Moose Water Polo Girls Team

Arija, Sage and Skyler

January 2014

Start of interview 40 min. into the program

Listen to these three Moose water polo players share their experience attending the National Junior Olympic Games in California the summer of 2013

Anderson Community TV

JCAF at Anderson Speaks

Interview with Kyle Dincler

August 2013

Thank you  to Nicki Bishop and the full team at ACTV in Anderson Township to help spread the word of JCAF

Jose Cerda Aquatic Foundation

Year of production: 2013

Running Time: 2:03 min

Color / Sound / Subtitled

Check out this video to learn more about the Jose Cerda Aquatic Foundation.


Thank you to Erin Kirby for creating this video


Xavier University 

Jose Cerda Memorabilia Room

Year of production: 2011

Running Time: 5:36 min

Color / Sound / Subtitled

A room in the home of the Cerda's has been dedicated to their loved one.  

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 Video shown at 9th annual JCAF Dinner Gala. Prepared by Rilee Malloy. 2019

 Video shown at 8th annual JCAF Dinner Gala. Prepared by Michael Guarente. 2018

 Video shown at 7th annual JCAF Dinner Gala. Prepared by Erin Kirby. 2017

#3 Award recipients.  Video shown at 6th annual JCAF Dinner Gala. Prepared by Erin Kirby. 2016

Remembering Jose.  Video shown at 5th annual JCAF Dinner Gala. Prepared by Erin Kirby. 2015

This video prepared by Will Dunlap was shown at the 2014 JCAF Gala on April 26, 2014

This video prepared by Jeremy Whalen was shown at the 2013 JCAF Gala

This video prepared by Jeremy Whalen was shown at the 2012 JCAF Gala

This video prepared by Jeremy Whalen was shown at the 2011 JCAF Gala


This was prepared by Jeremy Whalen as a walk-in loop for the 2014 JCAF Gala on April 26, 2014.  It has pictures from many of the events dating 2011-2013

This was prepared by Jesse Jenkis from Ai.


Thank you to all our sponsors!!!!!


WP Clinic in memory of Courtney

Info. on this PDF 








2016 Scholarship recipients

2015 Scholarship recipients

Maureen Sullivan, one of the three recipients of the 2014 Scholarships will swim at Miami University. 



Criteria for the Jose Cerda Navarro Software Development Scholarship: Awarded to a Sycamore High School Senior who plans to major in Computer Science/ Engineering with an interest in video game software development.


This talented student exemplifies the qualities of Jose Cerda. Jose lived life to its fullest, letting everyone know how happy he truly was by the huge grin he always had in his face. His sense of humor was a source of joy for everyone around, he was a friend to everyone and had a positive impact in all the lives he touched. He devoted himself to everything he loved and always found ways to have fun even during tough challenges.


Pictured all but 2012 recipient:  Aaron Pang.



How to donate: Please make all checks payable to Sycamore Community Schools. On the check's memo, please write Jose Cerda Navarro Software Development Scholarship. Mail checks to 7400 Cornell Road, Cincinnati OH 45242


Will Reinhart 

2020 Scholarship Awardee

Ania Campbell

2019 Scholarship Recipient

Sarah Abraham

2018 Scholarship Awardee

Amy Deng

2017 Scholarship Awardee

Priscilla Wu

2016 Scholarship Awardee

Ethan Lindemann

2015 Scholarship Awardee

Lindsay Grzegorzweski 

2014 Scholarship Awardee

Sammy Wolkoff 

2013 Scholarship Recipient

Ravi Sheth 

2011 Scholarship Awardee