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Today, Wednesday the 8th of February, the Hogar del Niño Polo tournament, part of the 15th annual Hogar del Niño fundraising weekend starts with the first tournament round being played on the Casa de Campo polo fields at 4pm.
UPDATE (Friday, Feb 17th):
Now that all tournament round matches have been played – the finals of the Hogar del Niño Tournament will be between “La Potranca” and “KIWI.”
The Hogar del Niño annual fundraising weekend is this year taking place on Friday and Saturday the 17th and 18th of February, with a range of fun fundraising activities taking place across Casa de Campo; polo, tennis and golf tournaments, the 2nd annual bike marathon, a tour of the Hogar del Niño, the Casa de Campo homes and gardens tour, the first Zumba Master Class (more details coming soon) and of course the dinner-dance party at the La Romana Country Club. To view the full schedule of events and activities, click here!
As part of this event, the polo tournament will be played over nearly 2 weeks on the Casa de Campo polo fields, starting today Wednesday the 8th of February and ending with the final on Friday the 17th of February – and YOU are invited to stop by any or all of the games to enjoy this fast-paced and exciting sport!
Taking part in this year’s tournament are 3 teams, made up of 12 Casa de Campo villa owner players, including Calixto Garcia-Velez, Casa de Campo’s director of polo. The teams are as follows:
• KIWI: Leo Matos, Enrique Bonetti, Nicolas Millan, Calixto Garcia-Velez
• Pitirri: Rafa Perez Diez, Anton Tejeda, Carlos Cortes, Matias Vial
• Potranca: Tony Rivera, Guille Cochon, Dennis Santana, Pedro Soria
The Hogar del Niño Polo Tournament 2012 – Schedule
• Wednesday February 8th, 4pm (Pitirri vs Potranca)
• Thursday February 9th, 4pm (practice)
• Saturday February 11th, 4pm (Kiwi vs Potranca)
• Tuesday February 14th, 4pm (Kiwi vs Pitirri)
• Final Match – Friday 17th of February, 4pm – 7pm (Finals)
NOTE: All these games are SUBJECT TO CHANGE – it’s advisable to call the Casa de Campo polo office in advance to check (Tel: 809-523-8951)!
On Friday the 17th of February to celebrate the FINAL of the Hogar del Niño polo tournament, there will be a special party – with tent, bar and a prize-giving ceremony. The final game of the tournament is always the most exciting and when you add in a few drinks and a fun party atmosphere, it’s certainly an activity worth attending!
On Friday afternoon the 18th of February 2011 the Pitirrii/Guero team met the Casa de Campo team and despite the slightly muddy, wet conditions the 2 teams passionately battled it out to be crowned the champions. In the end the Pitirrii/Guero team were victorious over the Casa de Campo team winning with 10 goals to 5
The Hogar del Niño
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.