Oak Brook, Ill. – August 28, 2017 – The Oak Brook Polo Club announces the expansion of the 2017 season with a benefit match on Sunday, September 17th at 1:00 p.m. in honor of friend and fellow teammate Tony Sekera.
On Friday, June 2nd, Sekera was badly injured during a solo stick and ball practice near Aiken, South Carolina. His favorite polo pony took a bad stumble resulting in Sekera somersaulting over the animal’s head fracturing his C4 and C5 vertebrae with devastating spinal cord damage. He was airlifted to Augusta University Medical Center for an emergency surgery to realign vertebrae and decompress his spinal cord. Sekera stayed in the Shock Trauma Unit for two weeks until he was stabilized enough to be flown to Chicago’s world class Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly RIC).
Due to significant immobility below his shoulders. Sekera will have to rely on 24/7 nursing care. Anyone who knows him is aware of his determination, tenacity and positive attitude, however, this injury also presents insurmountable challenges. Oak Brook Polo Club would like to garner public support and help Sekera in his recovery.
“Team Up for Tony” will take place at the Prince of Wales Field as an all field-side tailgate ticketed event. Guest can bring their own picnic and beverages while enjoying a game of high goal polo. All proceeds will be donated to the Sekera family to support Tony’s long-term care and therapy.
“Tony has and will always be a dear friend and teammate to the entire Chicago polo community,” explains Danny O’Leary, managing director of Oak Brook Polo Club. “We are committed to helping the Sekera family raise donations for Tony’s long-term care and therapy. His profound love of the game and recollections of his time in the saddle go back decades, not just at Oak Brook, but across Chicagoland.”
Oak Brook Polo Club’s final match in the “International Polo Series” is Sunday, September 10th against Great Britain.
2017 marks Oak Brook Polo Club’s 95th season as one of the nation’s oldest polo clubs in operation today and fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. Once considered the “polo capital” of the world Oak Brook was the destination for American Polo players and enthusiasts.
Gates open at 12:00 p.m. and tailgate parking will be on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets are $30 per tailgate spot or $10 for general field parking and are available at www.oakbrookpoloclub.com. For general information and parking directions, please call 630.368.5095.
About Oak Brook Polo Club
Founded in 1922 by legendary businessman, Paul Butler, the Oak Brook Polo Club is an American Polo treasure and one of the oldest polo clubs in the United States. It was once the sport’s epicenter for elite professional polo in the United States and served as home to the U.S. Open Polo Championship for twenty-four straight seasons and other prestigious international and national polo tournaments. For decades, the Club has been a popular Sunday tradition and social scene known for entertaining Hollywood celebrities, dignitaries, royalty and Chicago’s distinguished. Today, Oak Brook Polo Club hosts several Sunday matches and continues to attract thousands of fascinated spectators who marvel at the athleticism and majesty of this timeless sport.