Polo is an amazing sport with outstanding human and equine athletes, and the spotlight goes on those players at every match, but a big part of the celebration is about the fans at Saratoga Polo Association, and with the final weekend being a celebration of the 117th birthday of Saratoga Polo, fans will party with the SPA Anniversary Cup. As a special cap on the tournament, the weekend kicks off at Whitney Field by spotlighting one family with a named cup on September 4th, The Frolishes, and their avid polo fan sons Peter and Phillip, better known as the Duchenne Duo.
“The Duchenne Duo Cup on September 4th is our way of paying tribute to Saratoga Polo Association fans, the Frolishes, and helping to raise awareness of the challenges that Peter and Phillip grapple with every day as they live life to the fullest while confronting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,” said Jim Rossi, Managing Partner of Saratoga Polo Association.
“For the past few years, Tina and Alex have brought their boys out to Whitney Field at every match, and they have become the most vocal and visible fans who both support the sport, treating the players like star heroes and inspire everyone around with their positive attitude. It’s a unique experience that the boys have on the players that on the rare time that the Duchenne Duo are not at the match, the players can feel that some kind of energy is missing. The Frolishes are really stars for the players. For that reason, and much more, we are honoring them with a named cup on Labor Day Weekend.”
Peter and Phillip have also created art pieces about the polo matches that will be auctioned off in the Clubhouse during the match, and the good folks at “Gotta Have It” have donated a fashion basket worth $250 for auction, and anyone who buys tickets on line at saratogapolo.com/tickets can donate money, with the proceeds going towards the Duchenne Duo’s GoFundMe campaign (http://www.gofundme.com/Duchenneduo) to make their home more accessible for wheelchairs and general living on a daily basis.