I grew up in Oregon, and one of my favorite things to do was to ride horses. When I moved to Denver, I thought I was going to have to give up my favorite hobby. There weren’t any equestrian-oriented clubs at DU, and I didn’t have time to take care of a horse.
Before long, however, I missed being in the saddle, and decided to start my own club. I had attended the Denver Polo Classic, the largest charitable polo tournament in the U.S., and was inspired to try the sport for myself. I was quickly hooked, and began the process of founding University of Denver Club Polo (currently, we are in DU’s final approval process).
Here are the first few paragraphs of the DU Club Polo proposal, along with a bit of polo history.
“A polo handicap is
your passport to the world.”
The sport of polo is unparalleled in its ability to bridge cultural divides and to open doors that span the globe. Even as polo grows in popularity, the teamwork,sportsmanship, and camaraderie intrinsic in the game ensure that Churchill’s statement remains true, and that the connections built through polo last a lifetime.
Polo has a long and storied history in both the United States as a whole and in the City of Denver. Polo was first played in Persia in the 1st Century A.D. and migrated to the U.S. in the late Nineteenth Century. Before long, polo took Denver by storm, and in 1909 a Polo Club was formed at the Denver Country Club.
Polo has lived on in Denver through events such as the Denver Polo Classic, the largest charitable polo tournament in the nation. The Denver area is also home to four private Club Polos: the Denver Club Polo, Willow Creek Club Polo, Columbine Club Polo, and R & L Farms Club Polo.
Over the past year, a group of dedicated University of Denver students has joined forces with local and national polo organizations to discuss the creation of the University of Denver’s very own Club Polo.
Polo is a great sport for MBA students because it provides us with an opportunity to follow the advice of Career Services and network, network, network! Friendly competition within the arena leads to collaboration and networking opportunities outside of the arena.
Last week, we held our first (unofficial) lesson, and had a blast trying to hit the ball. If you’re interested in receiving updates on the club and where we stand in the approval process, click here. And if horses and polo aren’t your thing, I encourage you to join another DU Club Sport (more information here) or to start your own club!
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