Monday, June 16, 2008
Last month, I featured a great post about the first African American youth polo team in the nation. The youth from Philadelphia's Work to Ride program recently traveled to Nigeria to compete in an international polo tournament. The Work to Ride Program aids disadvantaged urban youth though constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports and education.
I received many emails from readers inspired by their story. One reader wrote, "What? Black polo players? I didn't know we played polo!" Want to meet them? If you live or will be in the DMV area next weekend (that's D.C., Maryland and Virginia), the youth will be participating in the 5th Annual Courage Cup Meadow Matches, a day-long polo event which many in D.C. now consider a staple of the summer social calendar. The fundraiser will take place on the Sheila C. Johnson Field at Great Meadow Polo Club in The Plains, Virginia on Saturday, June 21, 2008.
The Courage Cup is an IRS designated 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that was established to help at-risk urban youth. Founded by Andrea Rodgers, the organization raises money to benefit programs in the mid-Atlantic region that give disadvantaged children individualized attention and a positive alternative activity to keep them in school and off the streets. The Courage Cup supports Inner City Outings in Washington, D.C. and Work to Ride in Philadelphia, PA.
In addition to the Courage Cup match, Legal Times and 'aka', the new luxury division of Korman Communities, will host “Gavels & Mallets”, a charity segway polo match featuring summer associates from Washington area law firms. They will also host a VIP reception for the summer associates and others from Washington’s legal community in a private tent at Meadow Matches. They are encouraging every law firm in Greater Washington to join them and support this worthy cause.
Sponsors for the event include The Meltzer Group, Lincoln Mercury, First Chukker Foundation, Microstrategy, aka and Legal Times.
For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.
Photo: The Glamazon Diaries