THE MISSION OF NEW YORK CITY AQUATICS PARTNERSHIP, INC. IS TO DEVELOP THE POTENTIAL OF YOUNG ATHLETES WHILE STRENGTHENING THE CULTURE OF NEW YORK CITY’S COMPETITIVE AQUATIC SPORTS INCLUDING SWIMMING, WATER POLO, AND SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING.
New York City Aquatics Partnership, Inc. (NYCAP) programs for elementary, middle and high schools kids in the five boroughs create drown proofed, competitive aquatic athletes with futures serving the community in roles as coaches, mentors and lifeguards. Through coaching, lifeguard training programs, competition, clinics and camps, NYCAP will provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which youth learn essential life skills: physical fitness, teamwork and self-empowerment.
NYCAP works directly with local educational institutions and national sports federations in a public-private partnership enabling student-athletes to achieve personal and athletic goals. Additionally, NYCAP will increase aquatic opportunities citywide by advocating for access to services and additional aquatic facilities to meet the needs of the general public.
WHO WE ARE
Born in Germany and raised in Romania, Andrei Draghici (Swim + Water Polo Coach) learned to swim when he was three-years-old. He progressed quickly through the age groups ranks and went on to become a Romanian national champion in the 100 meter backstroke. At age 13, Andrei also started playing water polo, where he thrived even more. In polo, he was a two-time national champion, a member of the National Junior Team, and played for the Seniors teams - Rapid Bucuresti and Sportul Studestesc.
Andrei began teaching swimming and water polo when he was 18, soon after he finished high school. He earned a Masters degree in Physical and Sports Education and Pedagogy, and was a certified coach of both water polo and swimming in Romania
Oleg Gershkovich is a staunch believer that every Brooklyn child should have access to a pool, swim instruction and water polo regardless of race, financial background, neighborhood or religion. Oleg is himself an avid surfer, swimmer and triathlete and understands that cultivating aquatic comfort in children builds their confidence, changes their lives and inspires healthy lifestyle for many years to come.
As a board member, Oleg focuses on fundraising, developing a financial aid program and organizing events & tournaments. He is also an actuary at Goldman Sachs. Currently he resides in Prospect Heights Brooklyn with his wife two children.
Maureen Boucher has over thirteen years' experience working with nonprofit organizations in areas or finance, operations and compliance. She lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter.
Mihai Radu immigrated to the United States from Romania. While completing his Bachelor of Architecture studies, Mihai joined the prestigious I.M.Pei and Partners architects, where he spent seven years working on projects including New York City’s Javitz Center in and Paris’s Le Louvre Museum.
In 1997 Radu became a founding partner of Lauster & Radu Architects (renamed Mihai Radu Architects in 2004). Representative projects from the firm’s last seven years include: the United Nations General Assembly restoration; Energy Brands Headquarters; restoration of Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column, World Monuments Fund Headquarters, Procter & Gamble offices and numerous residential projects. Currently a member of the Brancusi International Foundation, Radu has been an advisory board member of the Low Income Investment Fund and the Pro Patrimonio Foundation and Infinity Foundation. Previously he was a professor of architecture and interior design at the School of Visual Art in New York for 11 years.
Michael Randazzo is an arts and education administrator, and community organizer. He currently directs community projects for LIU Brooklyn.
In addition to his work in academia and the visual arts, Randazzo has organized conferences and special projects, including BLUR_O2, Power at Play in Digital Art and Culture with Creative Time, and The Brooklyn Bridge Cup for Kids and Fort Greene Track and Field Day with Young Rock Soccer Academy.
As a board member, Randazzo has focused on developing Brooklyn Water Polo Club membership, securing additional pool time, increasing tournament participation for U12, U15 and U18 age group squads and raising the organization’s public profile. A regular commentator on local Brooklyn sports and arts for Fort Greene Focus, Fort Green Patch and The Brooklyn Paper, he resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Bela Rex-Kiss (Head Water Polo Coach) grew up playing water polo from an early age in his native country, Hungary. He played professionally for the club Vasas SC in Budapest and was a Hungarian Cup winner. He competed against top European teams and contributed to league wins in each of his two seasons with the club. After moving to the United States, he remained involved with water polo, joining the Asphalt Green competitive team and coaching at the youth and adult levels. His goal is to help players of all ages develop skills and foster a love for the sport.