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Work to Ride sets the date for its first Polo Classic in Philadelphia

From left, Nacho Figueras and Kareem Rosser will face off in Work to Ride’s inaugural Philadelphia Polo Classic in September. Photo: Courtesy of Hugh E. Dillon

A Philadelphia nonprofit that runs an equestrian program to help low-income youth is hosting its first Polo Classic on September 24.

Driving the news: Work to Ride, one of the few programs in the country that aims to make equestrian sports more accessible to young people, is raising funds to renovate its center in Fairmount Park.

  • The non-profit organization is just under $2 million short of $8 million needed to upgrade the outdoor arena and build an indoor facility.

State of play: Work to Ride’s Polo Classic is expected to attract up to 3,000 people.

  • Two polo matches will lead to the Feature Cup Match, where professional players will compete for a league title.

The plot: Notable names participating include Work to Ride alum Kareem Rosser, who was part of the first all-black team to win the US Polo Association’s Interscholastic National Championship in 2011.

  • Nacho Figueras, nicknamed “the Beckham of polo” and considered one of the most famous polo players in the world, will compete in the opposing team.
  • The two were former teammates on BlackWatch Polo.

What they say : “I am where I am today thanks to Work to Ride, and the impact the program has had on my life has been immeasurable,” Rosser said in a statement. “I hope my journey can inspire the hope and inspiration in the lives of other young children in Philadelphia.”

Figueras said he was looking forward to competing against his old friend and teammate.

  • “Work to Ride goes way beyond the stable walls – it changes lives,” he said.

What to watch: Tickets go on sale May 16.

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