The United States Water Fitness Association has awarded the Orem Fitness Center the top honor of the "No. 1 community center aquatic program in 1997."

The Orem Fitness Center was required to fill out 12 pages of supportive information to be considered for this honor. Each of the applications from more than 100 aquatic facilities around the country were reviewed and graded by John R. Spannuth, president of the Water Fitness Association.The award is based on the following criteria: instruction, recreation, competition, water exercise, service and self-development, education and social opportunities.