Britain’s Prince Harry led his team to victory in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup at Valiente Polo Club in Palm Beach on Wednesday.
With Valiente owner Bob Jornayvaz, Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick and Melissa Ganzi, Harry’s team Sentebale ISPS Handa, defeated the Royal Salute team 6-3.
Royal Salute guest of honor Torquhil Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll, presented the trophy.
The second event of its kind to be held in the United States, the match was a round robin among three teams. Sentebale Ambassador Nacho Figueras captained the Royal Salute team, joined by teammates Marc Ganzi, Teodoro Calle and Joe DiMenna. Nic Roldan captained the Valiente team, which included Tommy Kato, Martin Cregg and Curtis Pilot.
More than 300 guests attended the exclusive event to watch Prince Harry raise money and awareness for his charity, Sentebale, which supports young people living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, Africa.
Prince Harry, the founding patron of Sentebale, said afterwards: “The Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho, which we opened last year, would not have been built without the generosity of Sentebale and its partners, particularly the Sentebale Polo Cup. This year we will expand our camp program into Botswana, a country I have been visiting regularly for almost two decades and genuinely feel I need to give as much back as I can.”
The funds and awareness raised from the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup will help send 1500 youth from 10 to 19 years old to Sentebale’s monthly club and five-day residential camp at the newly opened Mamohato Children’s Centre. It is committed to the belief that if children with HIV are educated about the virus, they not only learn about their condition but can also educate their peers about the disease, enlightening a generation and leading the way to ending the AIDS epidemic.
For the past six years Royal Salute has been the title sponsor of the Sentebale Polo Cup. ISPS Handa, Valiente Polo Farm, the United States Polo Association, Merchant Hub and American Airlines also provided sponsorship this year.
Royal Salute supports more than 18 international polo events across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.