International Polo Club President John Wash Honored with 2013 President’s Award
WELLINGTON, FL (February 11, 2013) – For success in promoting sports tourism in the equestrian community, the International Polo Club Palm Beach and its president, John Wash, have been selected as the recipient of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s 2013 President’s Award.
“John Wash is deeply dedicated to growing the sport of polo and its spectator base by spearheading multimillion-dollar enhancements at the International Polo Club, making it a top generator of tourism dollars in our county,” said George Linley, executive director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
“In addition, it is his generosity in donating the use of prime polo fields, the stadium facility, and resources that allows the Sports Commission to attract national and international sporting events to Palm Beach County, which bring tens of thousands of visitors to our area. It was a unanimous decision by the Hall of Fame Committee,” added Linley in making the announcement.
In 37 years of presenting the Hall of Fame Banquet and Annual Sports Awards, the President’s Award has only been proffered on four occasions. The Palm Beach County Hall of Fame Committee is highly selective when determining a standout to receive the prestigious award, only bestowing it when an individual and entity is deserving in any given year.
“Working with George Linley and his team at the Sports Commission is a pleasure,” said John Wash. “It’s exciting to see field hockey and lacrosse being played at IPC during our off-season. Amateur events in Palm Beach County have a $46 million economic impact, and the sports event industry maintains 4,000 jobs. We could not be more proud than to support the mission of bringing amateur sporting events to our area.”
Mr. Wash and the International Polo Club will be honored at the 37th annual Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Annual Sports Awards on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Along with the International Polo Club, 2013’s distinguished class of inductees include Andy Roddick, Tim Rosaforte, Dave Barnhardt, Kimmy Carter Bloemers, Gene Calloway, Robert Harris, Sam Howell, Gregory Lowery, Louis Oliver, and Dana Quigley.
Tickets to the event are available online at palmbeachsports.com. Please note the deadline for ticket purchase is March 16.
About International Polo Club Palm Beach
International Polo Club Palm Beach is located in Wellington, Fla., in the heart of South Florida’s famed horse country. IPC is host to major, high-goal polo tournaments and the 20- and 26-goal series throughout the Palm Beach Polo Season, including the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA PIAGET Gold Cup, and the USPA Maserati 109th U.S. Open Polo ChampionshipTM. The world’s polo elite descend upon Wellington each season to enjoy their love of the sport – and the lifestyle – in the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility in the nation. IPC features nine manicured polo fields, The Pavilion, private boxes and viewing stands, tennis courts, a croquet court, a state-oftheart spa, a lushly landscaped pool deck, après polo celebrations, and a fabled, gourmet Sunday brunch. The 2013 Palm Beach Polo Season concludes on April 21.
For more information about the IPC, tournament information, sponsorship, and tickets, please call 561-204-5687 or visit InternationalPoloClub.com.