Newport Polo Partners with MLK
Center for Beach Polo Newport
Polo is excited to partner with the Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center for
the return of Beach
Polo in the Newport Winter Festival
at 3PM on February
25 - 26, weather permitting, as a
highlight of the 35th annual winter extravaganza
that attracts visitors from throughout the
region to the City by the Sea.
The 10th annual two-day polo
exhibition will take place during low tide on
Sachuest Beach (locally known as 2nd Beach), 315
Sachuest Point Road, Middletown, RI. Use https://bit.ly/3Ywz1ha for
directions. Beach parking and admission are
"MLK's Hunger Services need our
support, as they anticipate a rise of nearly 25%
more meals to distribute this year over last
year, for a total of 800,000 meals! Those are
staggering numbers. If we all help in a small
way, we can make a big difference," explained
Dan Keating, captain, and President of Newport
Polo has maintained a focus on benefiting the
community since its beginning in 1992, and we
are grateful for our enthusiastic audience and
its support in embracing MLK Center's year-round
hunger services, and for the collaborative
spirit of the Town of Middletown and
Newport Winter Festival."
Spectators on both days are asked
to bring donations of non-perishable dry-goods,
toiletries, or household items for the Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. MLK
Center volunteers will collect donated goods at
the Beach Pavilion located in the main parking
lot. Please go to https://mlkccenter.org/current-needs/ for
a list of the MLK Center's current needs.
Stay tuned for announcements of
the destination for Après
Beach Polo celebrations with the
players after the match!
For Beach Polo weather updates,
please call (401) 846-0200 x2.
Beach Polo is a low-impact,
eco-friendly exhibition, and a much-anticipated
highlight on the closing weekend of the Newport
Winter Festival. Over 1,000 spectators are
expected to line the sandy playing area each
day, within the intertidal area of the beach.
Teams this year will be Newport vs. out of state
rivals competing on finely tuned thoroughbred
polo horses. Horses are accustomed to sandy
footing in their natural habitats all over the
world, including the US desert southwest. The
polo ponies are conditioned and exercised in
polo arenas, played on similar footing
rules are in effect.
Attendees are reminded that alcohol is not
permitted and to stay out of the dunes which are
protected habitat. Well behaved leashed dogs
are also welcome! See current conditions on
cam. Free parking is
available at Sachuest Beach. Spectators are
encouraged to arrive early where they can meet
the players and horses before the match and
enjoy the beautiful ocean views.
Photo by Rod
About Newport Winter Festival: This
is the 35th annual Newport Winter Festival,
running from Feb. 17-26th. Over 150 events
taking place throughout Newport County will be
featured in 'New England's Largest Winter
Extravaganza,' combining food, festivities,
music, and fun for all ages. The complete
schedule of events and other Winter Fest
specials can be found online at https://www.newportwinterfestival.com/.
About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Community Center: Founded
in 1922 and renamed after Dr. King in 1968, the
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is
a multi-service provider for at-risk and
underserved individuals, families and children
in Newport County, Rhode Island. An independent
non-profit organization, the mission of the MLK
Community Center is to nourish, educate, and
support Newport County residents to improve
their economic and social well-being. 20 Dr.
Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport RI 02840; Phone:
(401) 846-4828; Fax: (401)848-7360; www.MLKCCenter.org.
About Newport Polo: Newport
Polo has launched the 32nd season of summer
exhibition matches of the
Newport International Polo Series, and
is the home of America's first polo club,
founded in 1876, a charter member of the United
States Polo Association, and
largest polo club in the Northeast, providing
member services for grass & arena polo and polo
About Newport, Rhode Island:
For more than 375 years, Newport
has been welcoming visitors from near and far to
its charming New England coastal harbor, earning
its reputation as America’s First Resort. A
renowned international destination, Newport is
ripe with art, culture, history and scenic
beauty, with miles of unspoiled beaches,
distinctive shops, renowned restaurants, diverse
accommodations, and world-class sporting and