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Will Sarosdy Endowed Scholarship in Swimming

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The Will Sarosdy Endowed Scholarship in Swimming was created on March 30, 2007 for the benefit of Intercollegiate Athletics in loving memory of Will Sarosdy who attended The University of Texas from 2003 through 2006.

Will was born in Washington, D.C. on June 7, 1985. From his earliest childhood days, he was always kind, considerate, respectful and empathetic toward everyone he knew. He was also brilliant, funny, insightful and fun to be around. Above all, Will had a beautiful heart. If you were around Will for more than a few minutes, you were sure to be either laughing at one of his anecdotes or smiling at his original way of looking at things.

Will’s greatest passion in life was the sport of swimming. Over the years, he became an exceptional swimmer and elite athlete. He won many medals, awards and team records. Will competed on high school and club teams in McLean, Virginia, Austin, Texas, and for The University of Texas under coaches Eddie Reese and Kris Kubik. In 2004, he qualified for the U.S. Olympic team trials in Long Beach, California.

For Will, swimming was about more than just competition. It was about lifelong friendships, experiences and core values. It was about helping others to learn and to improve, about being the best that he could be, and bringing out the best in others. To Will, the world of swimming was “a village.” Nowhere was this more evident than when he began coaching young swimmers, first with Chesterbrook Swim Club in McLean and later with Longhorn Aquatics Swim Club in Austin. Will was fiercely devoted to his young swimmers, with whom he shared his vast knowledge of swimming techniques and his infectious love of the sport. He was an inspired coach, friend and mentor to them.

Will was an excellent student, a classics and history major who received recognition for outstanding academic achievement while competing in the Big 12. Tragically, in his junior year of college, Will was overwhelmed by severe depression that resisted all treatment that was recommended. This terrible illness prevented Will from being able to see what was so obvious to everyone who knew him – the incalculable worth of his kindness, generosity of spirit, wit, humor, honesty, integrity, brilliance and gentle heart. On May 5, 2006, Will died as a result of suicide.

“We hope this endowed scholarship will help future swimmers at The University of Texas realize their fullest potential as athletes, as students and as citizens who use the life skills and virtue they learn in swimming to make the world a better place,” Randall Sarosdy said.

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