Coming off celebrating their 153rd birthday, the nation's largest all-male liberal arts institution, Morehouse College announced they have are bringing an official Polo team to the college. This makes them the first HBCU with a Polo team. The team was just named a member of the United States Polo Association.
The team started off as a club, which was co-founded by Miguel Wilson, founder of Ride to the Olympics Foundation alongside Morehouse students Rian Toussaint, Justin Wynn, and Caleb Cherry. The students will serve as the first members of the team. Amy Fraser, the Director of Intercollegiate/Interscholastic of Polo said, “We would like to officially welcome Morehouse College to the family! Morehouse will be playing out of the Atlanta Regional Polo Center.”
The thought of a polo team came from Caleb Cherry's polo coach whom suggested he start a team at Morehouse. Cherry has been playing polo for five years, with his interest in the sport beginning 10 years prior, while competing in dressage. For those unfamiliar, dressage is a highly skilled form of riding horses performed in exhibition and competition, as well as an "art" sometimes pursued solely for the sake of mastery. He was the only one the team with prior experience.
Wilson's Ride to the Olympics provides scholarships to support students who are a part of the Morehouse Polo Club. The scholarships provide access to horses, riding lessons, and the proper gear needed to compete against other teams in America and internationally.
Congrats on the milestone, Morehouse! This is for sure to open eyes, increase exposure, and expand opportunities to Black kids who may not have known polo was a sport or had an opportunity to compete in it.