U.S. Polo Assn. and USA TODAY Excessive Faculty Sports activities Awards (HSSA) Announce Nation's High Pupil Athletes within the Star-Studded Pupil Awards Program


The USA TODAY Excessive Faculty Sports activities Awards (HSSA), introduced by U.S. Polo Assn., the official model of the USA Polo Affiliation (USPA), has introduced the nation’s high athletes in a first-of-its-kind, nationwide pupil awards present, which aired on August 5. 

As a part of the partnership with U.S. Polo Assn., the ESPY-style award present included for the primary time the nation’s high feminine and male athletes within the sport of polo. Not like many sports activities, feminine and male polo gamers of all ages play on the identical fields collectively, and in any respect ranges, together with skilled. As well as, lots of right now’s nice polo gamers started of their youth, like these being acknowledged right here at this particular award occasion.

The USA TODAY Excessive Faculty Sports activities Awards, hosted by Michael Strahan and Rob Gronkowski, together with pink carpet hosts DJ Khaled and Charly Arnolt, featured high skilled athletes like Aaron Rodgers, Shaquille O’Neal, Kerrie Walsh Jennings, Chipper Jones, Laurie Hernandez and plenty of others. 

USA TODAY Excessive Faculty Sports activities Awards, one of the in depth highschool sports activities recognition packages within the nation, honors gifted highschool athletes, coaches and groups. This yr, 104 regional and statewide packages culminated to set the stage for the first-ever nationwide present, highlighting greater than 1,000 honorees in 27 sports activities classes from 50 states, all vying for the chance to be named the highest athlete of their sport. The regional honorees and winners have been revealed in June, and state winners have been introduced in July. Winners from the state stage, chosen from a base of greater than 60,000 pupil athletes and 24,000 colleges, made up the honorees for the nationwide present. 

All honorees acquired a particular reward field from USA TODAY with commemorative gadgets, together with a memento co-branded trucker hat from U.S. Polo Assn., the present program and different sponsor reward gadgets. 

The nationwide award winner within the women’ highschool polo class was Hope Arellano, that includes finalists, Sophie Grant and Summer time Kneece. The nationwide award winner within the boys’ highschool polo class was Mackenzie Weisz, that includes finalists Lucas Escobar and Winston Painter.

“On behalf of U.S. Polo Assn., I might prefer to congratulate all the collaborating athletes and acknowledge the excellent winners,” stated J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA International Licensing, the worldwide licensor of the multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. model. “It has been an honor for U.S. Polo Assn. to be the presenting sponsor for this star-studded occasion the place we had the great pleasure of introducing the game of polo to this yr’s roster of awards. As an genuine, sport-inspired international model, we love the chance to assist up-and-coming pupil polo gamers in addition to the superb athletes from so many different sports activities.”

Finalists and winners for the class of polo have been chosen by a stringent course of that was carried out by the USPA and included a committee of inside consultants and a various group of representatives from inside the USPA, Polo Coaching Basis and the Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Committee. Finally, the winners have been chosen for being the best performing and most certified candidates. 

“The USPA is proud to have this chance to be included on this prestigious pupil athlete recognition occasion and to have the ability to put forth our greatest pupil polo gamers from across the U.S. on this stage,” stated Stewart Armstrong, Chairman of the USPA. “It is the USPA’s mission to assist youth polo gamers by our interscholastic and intercollegiate packages, and we hope to see these deserving athletes on the skilled stage within the coming years. Congratulations to all!” 

Among the many different 27 sport classes for these elite highschool athletes, coaches and groups have been baseball, basketball, cross nation, soccer, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, observe and discipline, tennis, volleyball, wrestling and extra. The nationwide broadcast showcased tales and highlights of the nation’s high athletes in every sport and their stellar performances from the previous yr. 

“We have been thrilled to accomplice with a sport-inspired model like U.S. Polo Assn. and to incorporate polo in our awards this yr,” stated Crystal Costa, this system’s occasion director. “Polo is a tremendous sport that many individuals do not get an opportunity to see in particular person. It is nice that we will draw extra consideration to the game of polo by together with it in an occasion of this stature for such deserving youngsters.”

The on-demand awards present could be seen at International Polo TV and at USA TODAY, USA TODAY Information and USA TODAY Sportswire channels, out there on Amazon Fireplace TV, the Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus and most Good TVs. It is also out there on Amazon Prime Video Direct and at SportsAwards.USATODAY.com. Tales in regards to the honorees and extra program data may also be discovered at https://sportsawards.usatoday.com/nationwide/honorees

About U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA International Licensing Inc. (USPAGL)

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official model of the United States Polo Affiliation (USPA), the nonprofit governing physique for the game of polo in the USA, and one of many oldest sports activities governing our bodies, having been based in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar international footprint and worldwide distribution by some 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail shops, malls, sporting items channels, unbiased retailers and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. presents attire for males, girls and youngsters, in addition to equipment, footwear, journey and residential items in 180 nations worldwide. Just lately ranked the fifth largest sports activities licensor in License International journal’s 2020 listing of “High 150 International Licensors,” U.S. Polo Assn. is called alongside such iconic sports activities manufacturers because the Nationwide Soccer League, Nationwide Basketball Affiliation and Main League Baseball. Go to uspoloassnglobal.com.

About the USA Polo Affiliation®  

America Polo Affiliation was organized and exists for the needs of selling the sport of polo, coordinating the actions of its Member Golf equipment and Registered Gamers, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions and video games, and offering guidelines, handicaps, and situations for these tournaments, competitions, and video games together with the protection and welfare of contributors and mounts. Based in 1890, the USPA is the nationwide governing physique for the game of polo. The USPA is at present comprised of just about 300 member golf equipment with 1000’s of particular person members and oversees 40 nationwide tournaments. For extra data, please go to uspolo.org.

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