Who We Are
Established in 1976, the University of Texas Water Ski Team is a Division 2 competitive skiing team. The team is dedicated to teaching and spreading water skiing to the community around UT. We are a club team and welcome anyone who wishes to learn how to ski We practice at Frameswitch Ski Club, a rented facility 32 miles from campus in Taylor, TX.
The team competes in 3-event collegiate tournaments across the South Central US, consisting of jump, trick and slalom skiing which test everything from strength to acrobatic skills on top of the water. Competing in the South Central Conference, the team goes up against the top two collegiate ski teams in the nation, University of Louisiana Monroe and University of Louisiana Lafayette. Despite steep competitors, we go to Nationals consistently!
What We’re Fundraising For
The team has grown over the past years, boosting our membership and
active skiers from around 12 to 30! We are excited to see where this takes us as a team
but with a larger membership there are also financial hardships and concerns.
The team is primarily funded by dues paying members and by an official sponsorship from RecSports, the sport club division of the University of Texas at Austin. However, as we are one of many clubs sponsored by RecSports, we must share funding with all the other club programs at UT. Given this, a large portion of our budget must come from member dues, fundraising and other sponsors. We fund-raise throughout the year, reaching out to potential sponsors and planning profit shares so that we can keep dues low and introduce as many students as possible to the sport of water skiing! With your donation, we would be able to fund our new tournament team boat, travel to the regional tournaments and replace old ski equipment.
With your contributions, the Texas Water Ski Team will be able to extend the reach of of our sport here at UT. The team strives to provide a welcoming atmosphere, to encourage members and non members alike to feel at home on the water and enjoy water skiing. Being able to repair and replace our equipment means that we are able to offer members who are not able to afford to buy a slalom ski the opportunity to practice for and participate in the regional collegiate tournaments we attend. Additionally, funding for us ensures that our boat will be properly maintained and fueled up for days on the lake.
We are hoping to jump start a new competitive edge for our team and bring back Texas as a leading force in the world of collegiate water skiing. We would appreciate your support in achieving these goals!