Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center, Ltd. is a 501(c)3, non-profit
corporation that maintains and conducts programs in the region's
most unique and important competitive aquatic facility - the Walter
Schroeder Aquatic Center (WSAC).
The Mission of WSAC programs is to both promote
excellence and prepare youth for success in college and ultimately,
prepare each for life. The WSAC, Ltd is open to
people of all ages regardless of income.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee built the North Suburban Branch
YMCA in 1977 and was subsequently the recipient of a gift from the
Walter Schroeder Foundation to construct one of the finest
competitive aquatic facilities in the world. At the time, the gift
of $4.5 million was the largest in the history of the YMCA of the
USA. The Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center was completed in 1979 and
has since been the foundation of competitive aquatics in Wisconsin
and northern Illinois.
The Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center
was completed in 1979 and has continuously served southeast
Wisconsin, the larger region, and the United States as a premier
competitive aquatics venue. The Schroeder pool is known to be a
"fast" competition pool because of its engineering and
specifications. It is one of two indoor Olympic sized pool (50
meters) in Wisconsin that can host large events. Additionally, the
Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center is the only facility in the region
that has 10 meter diving platforms. The WSAC has been host to
NCAA Championships of all three divisions, USA Swimming and USA
Diving National and Junior Championships, as well as many LSC,
Regional Championships and large invitationals.
In 2008, the YMCA of Metropolitan
Milwaukee sold the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center to the
non-profit group with the hope that the then newly formed
non-profit could successfully renovate and continue to operate the
facility into the foreseeable future. The generous donations
of many to match philanthropists' Mark & Sue Irgens Challenge
Gift enabled the financing and completion of renovations and helped
secure the facility for future generations.
The Walter Schroeder Aquatic
Center, the Wheaton Franciscan medical clinic and the YMCA will
make up a Healthy Lifestyle Village that are three separate
corporate entities: a 60,000 square foot clinic on the north end of
the property is owned and operated by Wheaton Franciscan
Healthcare; the Rite Hite Family YMCA; and the Walter Schroeder Aquatic
Center. These three entities work together to provide the community
with a unique combination of competitive athletic programs, healthy
lifestyle programs and medical services.