U.S. Polo Assn. Celebrates International Women's Day Alongside the 2023 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship Airing on ESPN
Iconic Sports Brand Donates to Equestrian and Polo Charities Chosen by the Finalists
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 8, 2023 (Newswire.com) - U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), celebrates International Women's Day on March 8, the globally celebrated day dedicated to economic, social and gender equality for women, alongside the 2023 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship®. The most prestigious cup in women's polo in the United States runs from March 10-19.
U.S. Polo Assn.'s involvement with the most celebrated cup for women's polo in the United States includes donations made to polo and equestrian charities selected by the finalists in the 2023 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship.
The qualifying games will be played at Port Mayaca Polo Club, while the U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship Final will be played once again at the world-renowned USPA National Polo Center (NPC) - Wellington on March 19. ESPN will distribute the Women's Championship Final for sports fans around the globe, where it will be available on ESPN's family of brands. Check your local listings for air times.
The 2023 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship is being played alongside International Women's Day which honors women's achievements around the world while challenging inequality and working to increase visibility for women.
"Not only do these athletes exude incredible tenacity and strength on the field, but they also do off of the field. From lawyers, to entrepreneurs, to mothers, to movie producers, to students, to animal conservationists, and more, the contestants in this year's Open fully show what a woman is capable of in their off-field endeavors," said Meghan Gracida, USPA Women's Committee Chair. "It is the great sport of polo that brings all of these women together to empower one another as players while exhibiting their love for the ultimate four-legged teammates—horses. I am honored to again be involved with this most special women's polo event."
Prominent players in this year's high-goal tournament include Hope Arellano, Hazel Jackson, and Mia Cambiaso, to name a few.
"As a fourth-generation polo player, my love for the game started at a very young age and continues to provide opportunities for me to participate in top-rated polo tournaments, like the 2023 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship, which I am so grateful to be a part of," said Hope Arellano, professional polo player and U.S. Polo Assn. Brand Ambassador. "I look forward to competing against incredibly talented women polo players and being surrounded by those in the South Florida polo community who support women's professional polo."
Unlike other team sports, women and men play polo together as equals, and approximately 40% of USPA club members are female. Women are, in fact, the fastest-growing segment in the sport of polo at the club level.
"The 2023 U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship is both a celebration and showcase of women's many polo achievements," said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing, the worldwide licensor of the multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. "U.S. Polo Assn. continues to support the sport of polo and its players around the world both on and off the field, and this tournament highlights some of the very best female players in the sport."
If you attend:
Who/What: U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship Final
When: Sunday, March 19, 2023
3:00 p.m. EDT Championship Final
Where: U.S. Polo Assn. Stadium Field
USPA National Polo Center, 3667 120th Ave. S, Wellington, Florida
To learn more or to purchase tickets, please click HERE.
About the U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship™
The U.S. Open Women's Polo Championship® has a profound history dating back to the 1930s in California. The first women's U.S. Open tournament was presented by the United States Women's Polo Association (U.S.W.P.A) in 1937 at the Golden Gate Field in San Francisco, California. Women were officially welcomed into the United States Polo Association in 1972 with Sue Sally Hale becoming the first woman member. On the centennial anniversary of the USPA in 1990, a U.S. Women's Open was officially sanctioned and held at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. It was officially recognized as a national tournament in 2011 and has been hosted at the Houston Polo Club for the past seven years, becoming the largest annual women's polo event in the United States.
About U.S. Polo Assn.
U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the non-profit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the oldest sports governing bodies, having been founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through some 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores and thousands of department stores as well as sporting goods channels, independent retailers and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel for men, women, and children, as well as accessories and footwear in more than 190 countries worldwide. U.S. Polo Assn. was named as one of the top five sports licensors in 2022, according to License Global. Visit uspoloassnglobal.com and follow @uspoloassn.
About the United States Polo Association® (USPA)
The United States Polo Association was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. Founded in 1890, the USPA is the national governing body for the sport of polo. The USPA is currently comprised of almost 200 member clubs with thousands of individual members and oversees 40 national tournaments. For more information, please visit uspolo.org.
Source: USPA Global Licensing Inc.