Photo Courtesy of Ride to the Olympics Foundation
Published 02/10/2020 | Reading Time 1 min 38 sec
By BWSTimes Staff
ATLANTA, Ga. — The Morehouse College Polo Club has received official notice from the United States Polo Association of their membership into the organization, making it the first Historically Black College & University (HBCU) to have a polo team.
“We would like to officially welcome Morehouse College to the I/I Family! Morehouse is in Atlanta, and will be playing out of The Atlanta Regional Polo Center with Jolie Liston and Frankie Questel,” said Amy Fraser, Director Intercollegiate/
Co-founded by Atlanta entrepreneur Miguel Wilson and Morehouse students Rian Toussaint, Justin Wynn, Jayson Palmer, and Caleb Cherry, the Morehouse Polo Club was started in 2019 due to the help of Wilson’s Ride the Olympics Foundation.
The idea originally came from Cherry’s polo coach, who suggested that he start a team at Morehouse. A veteran equestrian, Cherry competed in dressage for ten years before and started playing polo five years ago. He’s the only player on the team with prior experience with horses.
Through Ride to the Olympics, the students received scholarships that support their membership of the Morehouse Polo Club, giving them access to horses, riding lessons and appropriate gear; allowing them to compete against other polo teams, both domestic and international.
“Just so there is no confusion this is the first HBCU team in history,” Wilson said.
Last September, Wilson’s foundation raised additional funds for the team through its annual Atlanta Fashion & Polo Classic event, where high-profile Atlantans and celebrities attended to support the Morehouse Polo Club.
About Morehouse Polo Club
Founded in 2019, The Morehouse Polo Club was co-founded by Miguel Wilson, founder of Ride to the Olympics Foundation with Morehouse students Rian Toussaint, Justin Wynn, and Caleb Cherry serving as its first members.
Certified by the United States Polo Association, the Morehouse Polo Club is officially the first polo team at a Historically Black College & University (HBCU).
About Ride to the Olympics
Established in 2017, Ride to the Olympics’ (RTO) primary mission is to empower youth who aren’t exactly born into great means with the opportunity to learn the art of equestrian sports, fashion and leadership development. RTO is also committed to increasing awareness and exposure to horse-related sports such as polo, showjumping and dressage throughout the country; eliminating barriers and strengthening community engagement.