The sponsorship will include co-sponsoring the draw party, showcasing field signage, and providing certain teams with jerseys and whites as well as working in conjunction with the Women’s International Polo Network to boost the event’s global visibility through social and traditional media platforms.
Following several years at the Houston Polo Club, the event has shifted to South Florida for the first time. Following the draw party on March 13th at the 7th Chukker Restaurant & Lounge, play dates will be March 16 - 21 at Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee. The finals will be hosted on Saturday, March 23 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on the U.S. Polo Assn. Stadium Field at 11:00 a.m. EDT and live streamed on USPA Polo Network at USPOLO.ORG.
This high-profile event has become a huge showcase for the talents of some of the country’s most recognized female players, including U.S. Polo Assn. brand ambassador Hope Arellano as well as Mia Bray, Gillian Johnston, Pamela Flanagan, Melissa Ganzi and Dawn Jones. “As much as we love Houston, we’re all very enthusiastic about the move to Florida this year. We’re honored to be playing in the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship in the middle of the high goal season, at the perfect time of year as it relates to the global tournament calendar, with closer geographic proximity to attract top players from England, Argentina, and Africa. Having a record eight teams participating, and the finals on the U.S. Polo Assn. Stadium Field, is representative of the significant growth in women’s polo we wish to promote. We’re all friends eager to compete in one of the most prestigious women’s polo tournaments in the world. I’m excited to see how the week will unfold!” said Jones.
Likewise, said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing Inc. “We are very excited about partnering with Susan G. Komen and being involved in the U.S. Women’s Polo Championship,” Prince noted. “This is one of the premier events for women’s polo in the United States and the world, and U.S. Polo Assn. is honored to support this amazing tournament for such an important cause. We are fully committed to continue telling the powerful stories of these amazing women and this important event around the globe.”
About U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA Global Licensing Inc.
U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States founded in 1890, making it one of the oldest sports governing bodies. With a global footprint of $1.7B and worldwide distribution through 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. stores, department stores, independent retailers and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel for men, women and children, as well as accessories, footwear, travel and home goods in 166 countries worldwide.
USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL) is the for-profit subsidiary of the USPA and the exclusive worldwide licensor for the USPA’s global licensing program. USPAGL is the steward of the USPA’s intellectual properties, providing the sport with a long-term source of revenue. Additionally, USPAGL also produces global broadcasts to bring the sport of polo to consumers and sports fans around the world including the GAUNTLET OF POLO, the sport’s new high-goal prize money series.