Laureus Polo Cup
World famous polo players Eduardo Heguy and Adolfo Cambiasso are among the many stars attending the annual Laureus Polo Cup held at Ham Polo Club on Friday (June 18), which aims to raise substantial funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Argentina.
The event has attracted an enthusiastic celebrity audience including Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses, along with Academy Members Boris Becker, Hugo Porta and Daley Thompson.
Rugby legend Hugo Porta, the President of Fundacion Laureus Argentina, said: “The Laureus Polo Cup is always a great event and is the perfect blend of entertainment and competition. We hope to raise a lot of money for children who are in desperate need of support in Argentina and I’d like to thank Laureus once more for their help in making this event such a memorable one.”
Laureus Academy Chairman Edwin Moses said: “The Laureus Polo Cup has been running for a number of years now and has become a key date on the polo calendar. It will be nice to see some old friends, make some new ones and raise money for some good causes.”
Polo superstar Eduardo Heguy said: “I’m delighted to be in London again and help all the deserving causes that the Laureus Foundation supports. The standard of the competition will be high once again and I’ll probably end up facing a few players who I normally play with. But the main thing is to help continue the great work that the Laureus Foundation does around the world.”
Edwin Moses is Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique collection of 46 of the greatest living sports legends, who volunteer their services as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which was set up to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change.
Fundación Laureus Argentina is one of nine local Laureus Foundations under the umbrella of the global Laureus Foundation, which fund and promote sports activities for disadvantaged young people around the world. Fundacion Laureus Argentina supports four projects: Club Deportivo Barracas in General LaMadrid, Buenos Aires, which uses sport as well as a traditional Argentinian dance, the murga, to reinforce the importance of education, community, and values; the San Isidro Project in Buenos Aires, which has set up sports activity sessions and educational workshops in an area where crime, drugs, alcohol, violence and firearms use is prevalent; the West City Project in Mendoza, which uses football and hockey to address crime, delinquency and drug abuse; and Club Platense in Laprida which aims to a holistic development of its participants by offering a space with clear rules, solidarity amongst its members and a sense of community providing educational workshops, using football, rollerblading and chess.
The Laureus Foundation addresses social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Since its inception Laureus has raised more than €35 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of over one million young people.
Laureus was founded 10 years ago and now supports 78 projects in 32 countries. Laureus has seen first-hand the positive effect that sport has in tackling some of the world’s most challenging social issues from mental health, HIV/Aids, and substance abuse to crime, social exclusion, and violence.