As advocates for continued community development with an emphasis on events and tourism, the Aberdeen Hotel Alliance is proud to present the sixth annual SPOTLIGHT award. The Spotlight award is presented annually to a deserving individual or group who through their advocacy has substantially contributed to our community by shining a positive light on the community or area on a statewide, regional, or national basis.
The eighth annual Spotlight Award goes to a group that is always working to bring more people and events to Aberdeen. The Aqua Addicts Water Ski Team is a non-profit organization that started in 1995 in Aberdeen. They have grown to include several surrounding communities including Mina, Ipswich, Leola and even Milbank. The team is dedicated to teaching people of all ages, regardless of water skiing ability, the fundamentals of the sport of water skiing, along with teamwork, and leadership. Over the years, the team has progressed to become one of the most competitive water ski show teams in the Midwest.
In 2014, the Club brought close to 1000 skiers, coaches, and volunteers to town from ND, SD, MN, IA, and WI along with several hundred spectators to their wonderful facility at Dahme Lake for the Midwest Regional Ski Show Tournament. This summer, due to their tremendous hard work, the tournament returns for another three-day event.
The Aberdeen Hotel Alliance would like to take this time to thank the Aberdeen Aqua Addicts Ski Team for supporting Aberdeen and our region. Each day-tripper and overnight visitor helps to replenish the triple “B” basket. Your constant community support and involvement are greatly appreciated. Please join us in thanking Todd Thorson and John Koehler from the Aberdeen Aqua Addicts.
Past winners of this award include: Coach Don Meyer, NSU Basketball (2009), Brown County Fair (2010), Dakota Broadcasting (2011) Coach Pat Timm, NSU Wrestling (2012), Coach Steve Kehm, NSU Soccer (2013), Emmett Lenihan, Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition (2014), and NESD Celtic Faire and Games & SD Special Olympics (2015).