Polo Players Edition

Intercollegeiate Interscholastic 2019

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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2 I/I MAGAZINE - 2019 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR One of the exciting parts of what we as I/I staff get to do on a day-to day basis is help bring new teams into the I/I program. From Middle School players through college, I/I is expanding in all directions and the clubs involved in the program are introducing new players into the sport each year. The I/I program is unique in that about 80% of our players are first generation polo players. That is a large number of people who are being exposed to the sport and brought into the wonderful world of polo through I/I. The stories throughout this year's edition of the I/I magazine will highlight examples of players who otherwise wouldn't have been exposed to polo, and were introduced to the sport through a friend or happening across polo at their school's club fair. People who found a passion for the sport and who go on to commit their life to polo, even making a career out of it. The I/I family is amazing. Anywhere you go in the US you will likely bump into I/I players and alums and our reach can also be seen overseas. During our 2018 annual event with our sister organization, SUPA Britain, the USA collegiate team traveled to England in hot pursuit of win number four in the series. The I/I spirit is alive and well in the United Kingdom and could be felt through I/I connections and alumni living and working in London. We met up with Harvard alums Danielle Lussi and Albany Mulholland, who both got their first introduction to polo while at Harvard University. They organized a tour for the I/I team of the Household Calvary, where Mulholland is an officer in the Queen's Life Guard unit. Mulholland also continues to play polo with the British Military and teaches new soldiers the sport. Lussi works for British Polo Day and continues to be active in the polo community in England. Additionally, past USPA interscholastic players who took their college education across the pond were at the SUPA National event competing for their universities. Dedicated polo programs across the US, Canada, and Guatemala are to be applauded for their passion of introducing polo to up and coming players, ambassadors of the sport and for growing our polo community. We know the polo world is small and the I/I world even smaller. Wherever life may take you past your I/I days, whether close to home or half way around the world, know there is an established community of alums who share your passion and are eager to connect. Happy Polo! Amy Fraser Director, I/I Polo

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