Boynton Beach, FL — Some 23 aquatics facilities in 12 categories received 2009 National Aquatic Program Awards from The United States Water Fitness Association (USWFA). The awards are designed to encourage the development and recognition of outstanding aquatics programs in both for-profit and nonprofit facilities.

John Spannuth, USWFA president and CEO, says the organization uses information on the facilities' entry form, plus the supporting information they send to do a six- to seven-page evaluation of each program when choosing the winners.

Winners from the fitness facility industry ranked by category are as follows:

Aquatic Fitness Center

  1. Greenville Aquatics & Fitness, Greenville, NC

Athletic Clubs

  1. Merritt Athletic Club, Towson, MD

  2. Rochester Athletic Club, Rochester, MN

  3. Gold's Gym Amarillo, Amarillo, TX

City Parks and Recreation

  1. City of Englewood, Englewood, CO

  2. Bryan Aquatic Center, Bryan, TX

  3. Echo Hollow Pool, Eugene, OR

  4. Sheldon Pool, Eugene, OR

  5. Sanibel Recreation Center, Sanibel, FL

  6. Orchard Park Recreation, Orchard Park, NY

  7. Roanoke Rapids Aquatic Center, Roanoke Rapids, NC

Community Center

  1. Buck Community Center, Littleton, CO

Community College

  1. Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

Health and Fitness Center

  1. The Club at Ricochet, South Plainfield, NJ

  2. Sanford Wellness Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Jewish Community Center

  1. Rosenbloom JCC, Owings Mills, MD

  2. Weinberg Park Heights JCC, Baltimore, MD

Military Facilities

  1. Mountain Home Air Force Base, Mountain Home AFB, ID

University

  1. University of South Florida St. Petersburg Waterfront, St Petersburg, FL

Wellness Center

  1. Sanford Wellness Center, Sioux Falls, SD

  2. Baptist East/Milestone Wellness Center, Louisville, KY

  3. St John Siegfried Health Club, Tulsa, OK

YMCA

  1. Cleveland County Family YMCA, Norman, OK

YWCA

  1. Bess Chisum Stephens YWCA, Little Rock, AR

Visit www.uswfa.com/awards_program2009.1.asp for the full list of award winners.