Oak Brook Polo Club will host the second annual “Team Up for Tony” benefit match on Sunday, September 16th at 1:00 p.m. at the Prince of Wales Field (2606 York Road). The eventis an all field-side tailgate, ticketed fundraiser to help support Oak Brook Polo friend and fellow teammate Tony Sekera, whosuffered adevastating fall from his polo pony in June 2017.
Attendees are invited to 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 24/7 long-term care,therapy and specialized nursing equipment. Last year’s event raised over $25,000.
“In speaking on behalf of the Oak Brook team and the polo community, we are more than happy to host a special event in Tony’s honor,” explains Jim Drury, patron of Oak Brook Polo. “He hasbeen an integral part of the Chicago polo community for 30 years and we support him in his courageous journey to recovery.”
It’s been a little over a year, since Sekera’s spinal cord injury. With no movement of his limbs, the future was hard to envision, but with months of skilled care and rehab, and many adjustmentsalong the way, Sekera finally returned home last December. Throughout everything, he remains positive and goal oriented while his team of physicians, therapists, family and friends continue to cheer him on.
“Tony has a zest for life that inspires those who know and are around him,” adds his daughter, Molly Seago.
Sekera continues extensive therapy at Shirley RyanAbilityLabDayRehab™and the hard work to regain muscle movement is paying off. Oneof his greatest accomplishments is the ability to operate the toggle on his power chair by moving his arm. This has given Sekera some hard-earned freedom and independence.He has also learned to guide his caregivers in ways to assist him and therapists remain optimistic that he can continue to make positive progress."Tony's passion for polo remains strong,” addsCindy Engdahl Sekera. “He continues to show his positive attitude and determination and is grateful for the generous support of family and friends who continue to stand by him.”
“Team Up for Tony” will take place after the last match of the International Cup Series but before the USPA Board of Governors match. Gates open at 12:00 p.m. and tailgate parking will beon a first come, first serve basis. Tickets are $40 for Saddle Club seating, $30 per tailgate spot or $10 for general field parking and lawn seating and are available at. For general information and parking directions,please call 630.368.5095.