On Saturday, 21st June Adolfo Cambiaso, the greatest player in the world, joined other ten-goalers to produce a feast of thrilling polo at the highly successful Laureus Polo Cup which raised substantial funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in Argentina.
Staged at the historic Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, Laureus Ambassador Adolfo, the No 1 ranked player in the world, was joined by an exceptional group of international stars including Pablo MacDonough, Juan Martin Nero and David Stirling.
In a spirited contest, the victors were a team sponsored by AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz, who won 5-4 against a team representing Laureus – but the real winners were disadvantaged children all over Argentina, who will benefit from the funds raised.
Cheering them on was a celebrity audience which included three Laureus World Sports Academy Members – double Olympic 400 metres hurdles gold medallist Edwin Moses, former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick and Hugo Porta, Argentina’s greatest ever rugby player, who is President of the Fundación Laureus Argentina. They were also joined by former Formula One racer Lucas di Grassi, who became a Laureus Ambassador earlier this year.
The event, which is becoming one of the highlights of the English sporting summer, raised more than €100,000 to support the work of Laureus in Argentina.
Adolfo Cambiaso said: “To be able to raise funds to help disadvantaged children in my own country, through the use of sport like this, is an incredible opportunity and I am grateful to everyone who has helped to make this possible – the players, the sponsors, the guests and the spectators. It is a privilege to be an Ambassador for the Laureus Foundation and to be able to take part in events like this which show the amazing power sport has to do good.”
Also present as a spectator was Argentine polo great Eduardo Heguy, also a Laureus Ambassador, who played a key role in creating the event. He said: “To be able to give back to children through sport is an incredible opportunity for someone that has experienced the positive impact which sport can have.”
Hugo Porta, who played 58 times for his country, was the founder of the Fundación Laureus Argentina in 2003. He said: “I am grateful to everyone who supported this amazing event. I cannot overestimate the importance of their contribution to our work with children. The funds that have been raised will have an enormous impact on the projects we operate in Argentina. Thank you.”
And Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, said: “Everyone at Laureus is delighted to be able to support this great day out at Guards Polo Club. It has become one of the highlights of the Laureus year, where we can combine great sport with the opportunity to raise funds for a good cause.”
The Fundación Laureus Argentina, based in Buenos Aires, supports seven projects: Asociación Civil Mostrando Caminos; Unión y Amistad de San Isidro; Club Deportivo Barracas (Mi Club Nuestro Lugar); Programa A Ganar; Club Platense (Dale Pelota a los Libros); Fundacion El Desafio (Deporte Por La Vida) and Virreyes Hockey.
The mission of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is to utilise the power of sport to address social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Laureus supports more than 150 projects worldwide and since its inception in 2000 has raised over €60 million for projects which have improved the lives of millions of young people.
Mohammed Al Habtoor
Juan Martin Nero