The 2nd Annual Atlanta Fashion & Polo Classic commenced on Sunday, September 29 with over 500 attendees who gathered at Chukkar Farm Polo Club to support fundraising for Ride to the Olympics, a foundation which benefits underprivileged youth, allowing them to participate in equestrian sports.
Sponsored by Bentley and Grey Goose, the event featured a Derby Style Day Party, the AFPC Championship Polo Match, and the Miguel Wilson Fashion Experience Runway Show which featured undiscovered designers as well as both the Lisa Nicole Collection and the Miguel Wilson Collection.
VIPs enjoyed were able to arrive through transportation provided by Bentley and enjoyed the Grey Goose VIP Lounge. Only a select few were able to arrive by helicopter which left the Peachtree-DeKalb airport and landed on the polo field.
This year, the proceeds that were raised went towards funding a polo team for students at Morehouse College. Freshman students, Rian Toussaint, Justin Wynn, and Caleb Cherry will be the members of the first polo team to exist at a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) as the Morehouse College Polo Club.
Through Ride to the Olympics, the students have been given scholarships that will support their membership of the Morehouse College Polo Club and allow them to compete against other polo teams, both domestic and international.
Established in 2017, Ride to the Olympics’ (RTO) primary mission is to empower youth who aren’t exactly born into great means with the opportunity to learn the art of equestrian sports, fashion and leadership development. RTO is also committed to increasing awareness and exposure to horse-related sports such as polo, showjumping and dressage throughout the country; eliminating barriers and strengthening community engagement.
Celebrities and influencers in attendance included: Pastor Jamal Bryant, A.J. Calloway, Lisa Wu, Waka Flocka Flame and Tammy Rivera.