Despite the USPA’s 126-year history, it was only in the last 44 years that women have been officially allowed to play competitively. The USPA Women’s Committee recognizes the many female influences throughout the “Sport of Kings” and sought a way to annually recognize one woman within the sport. Both the Polo Training Foundation and the USPA Intercollegiate/Interscholastic programs award Female Player of the Year awards. This new award however, is not just for players. Members of the USPA Women’s Committee feel polo is not only about the players but those who support and help grow our sport. The committee members nominated women they felt served as role models—women whose selflessness, passion and drive have contributed to the sport for the greater good of the polo community.
The United States Polo Association Woman of the Year significantly advances the mission of the USPA, as well as the Women’s Committee—to encourage and increase the participation of women in all aspects of the USPA, to improve the standard of women’s polo throughout the United States and to facilitate the communication and networking of women in polo all over the world.
The USPA Women’s Committee is opening up nominations for the 2018 Woman of the Year Award to the entire membership. Nominations close on Thursday, November 30.