U.S. Polo Assn. expands Collegiate Partnership Program with record number of polo clubs
U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), will again be outfitting competitive college polo players through its nationwide College Partnership Program (CPP). Through this partnership, complete game attire, including performance jerseys, equipment gear bags, white pants and polo shirts will be given to the participating USPA college polo teams along with a financial donation. In turn, the players will be wearing official U.S. Polo Assn. clothing while competing in games, running around campus, as well as during guest appearances and media interviews throughout the upcoming collegiate polo season.
“As the official brand of the sport of polo in the U.S. it’s important for us to give back to the young players who represent the future of the sport,” explains USPAGL president and CEO, J. Michael Prince. “The opportunity to connect with amazing young talent who represent U.S. Polo Assn. and our core values on and off the playing field is just another way for us to give back to the sport we love and connect authentically with consumers and sports fans around the world.”
A total of 28 schools have signed up to be a part of this year’s partnership program, representing 44 collegiate teams with 27 women’s teams and 17 men’s teams. The schools range from East Coast to West Coast, such as Yale and Stanford, and from large public schools to small private ones like Texas A&M and Skidmore.
“Being part of the Collegiate Polo Program is great exposure for us as students, as well as for our team and our school as we continue to play and promote the sport this season,” said Sofia Cianchi, a senior at Yale University studying economics and art history, “We love all the gear from U.S. Polo Assn., because it works very well for our games, and it looks great. Our team really appreciates the sponsorship and encouragement again this year!”
Participating Schools Include:
|California Polytech||Roger Williams University||University of Connecticut||University of Virginia|
|Colorado State University||Skidmore University||University of Louisville||University of Wisconsin – Madison|
|Emory University||Stanford University||University of Massachusetts||Virginia Tech|
|Michigan State University||Texas Christian University||University of Michigan||Westmont|
|Oklahoma State University||Texas Tech||University of North Texas||Yale University|
|Oregon State||University of Guelph||Texas A&M||St Edwards University|
|Point Loma Nazarene||University of California Santa Barbara||University of South Carolina – Aiken||Montana State|
According to Carlucho Arellano, executive director of USPA, “Our USPA collegiate programs are a vital part of fostering young polo players. We are proud to have U.S. Polo Assn. providing such great support for our college teams and the intercollegiate competitions through funding, outfitting and exciting digital media campaigns.”