The Courage Cup is a growing summer social tradition for Hill aides

The third annual Courage Cup charity polo match will be held Saturday at Great Meadow Polo Club in The Plains, Va.

The event originated as a way to bring young D.C. professionals together for a good cause and a good time. It benefits Work to Ride, which uses horses to provide at-risk youth with a wholesome activity. The organization teaches them polo in an effort to keep them of the streets.

Ticket options vary from sideline tailgate spots close to the action to private group boxes elevated from the field for a spectacular view. Tickets may also be purchased for access to the Capitol File magazine-sponsored VIP Golden Mallet tent, which includes catered food and cocktails.

This year’s Courage Cup will be the inaugural game on the new fields of the Great Meadow Polo Club. The festivities will get started in the afternoon with the tailgate parties and will stretch into the evening with a trophy and check presentation after the match.

The first event will be the exhibition match, where several Washington socialites play, including Wesley Fricks, a former White House staffer, among others.

Great Meadow will also be hosting chiefs of diplomatic missions and their families at the Ambassador’s Cup Polo Match. This game features celebrities Mathias Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ignacio Figueras, a Ralph Lauren model who will be playing with the international teams competing for the Chief of Protocol trophy.

Dress is gold-cup attire. Men wear sport coats and khakis; women wear sundresses.

More information about Courage Cup, including links for tickets, may be found by visiting www.couragecup.org.