WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE – November 2021

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(Left) Matt Coppola, playing for Park Place, controls the ball during the 2021 U.S. Open as Scone’s Adolfo Cambiaso looks on. (Below inset) Matt Coppola looks back during a 2021 U.S. Open match between Park Place and Cessna.

GLOBAL BRAND AMBASSADOR MATT COPPOLA Professional Polo Player And Wellington Native Teams Up With Lifestyle Brand U.S. Polo Assn. STORY BY STACEY KOVALSKY | PHOTOS BY USPA GLOBAL LICENSING

U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), has selected American polo player Matt Coppola as the multi-billion-dollar, sport-inspired brand’s newest global ambassador. Now 26, Coppola has been playing professionally since he was 14 years old and played in the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Open Polo Championship at the age of 16.Today, he is one of the highest handicapped American players. As part of its authentic brand history and connection to the USPA, U.S. Polo Assn. selects polo players as brand am-

bassadors to shine the spotlight on the dynamic crop of young and talented players coming up through the ranks. The scope of Coppola’s year-long role as global brand ambassador is designed to help connect the brand and the sport through his outstanding performance on the field as one of the top American polo players. Coppola will be outfitted in U.S. Polo Assn. apparel and gear both on and off the field. He will also post regularly about his polo-related and other daily activities on social media and will engage in media requests for interviews

and campaigns. He may also conduct interviews or participate in events on behalf of the U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “U.S. Polo Assn. is proud to welcome professional polo player Matt Coppola to our outstanding roster of global brand ambassadors for 2021,” said J. Michael Prince, president and CEO of USPA Global Licensing, which manages the U.S. Polo Assn. brand.“Coppola is an exceptional polo player who has come up the ranks quickly in the U.S. He is an excellent representation of what our brand is all about — sport-inspired, youthful, vibrant and fun.” wellington the magazine | november 2021 49