U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), proudly outfitted all competing teams in the United States Polo Association’s Division I National Intercollegiate Championships (NIC), held at the Virginia Polo Center in Charlottesville, VA. Contested for the first time in two years due to coronavirus, the 2022 finals marked the centennial anniversary of the USPA’s Intercollegiate/Interscholastic (I/I) program, dedicated to growing the sport of polo through future generations in the United States.
Representing the best intercollegiate programs in the country, the 2022 D1 Men’s and Women’s National Intercollegiate Championship Finals were played on Saturday, April 9, with the University of Virginia (UVA) sweeping the Men’s and Women’s National Championships for the first time since 2012. The final contenders included UVA, University of Kentucky, University of North Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State.
The Finals were livestreamed exclusively on Global Polo TV (GPTV), the digital epicenter for polo content and live games around the world. New to the 2022 National Intercollegiate Championships includes a historic partnership with ESPN to air the Finals on ESPN University for the very first time on Sunday, April 17. The Women’s Final is set to air at 6 p.m. EST and the Men’s Final at 7 p.m. EST. Check your local listings for air times.
The most celebrated tournament for collegiate polo in the United States included support from U.S. Polo Assn.’s nationwide Collegiate Partnership Program (CPP). Through the CPP, U.S. Polo Assn. provided student-athletes from a total of 29 colleges with complete game attire throughout the official polo season.
“The 100th anniversary of the 2022 National Intercollegiate Championships is a celebration that showcases the growth of the sport of polo nationwide,” said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing, which manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “As the official brand of the United States Polo Association, U.S. Polo Assn. is proud to be part of this event by outfitting these exceptional students in their team jerseys.”
Additional support from U.S. Polo Assn.’s Collegiate Partnership Program over the past year included performance team jerseys, white playing pants, polo shirts, caps, and equipment gear bags as well as a monetary donation for a record 48 collegiate teams throughout the country.
“As we come to the end of another great year of collegiate polo and mark our 100th anniversary, we are grateful to have the support of the global apparel brand, U.S. Polo Assn.,” said Liz Brayboy, Chair of the USPA’s Intercollegiate/Interscholastic Committee. “We thank U.S. Polo Assn. for their many contributions to the program and players across the country.”