US Polo Assn. Honors Olympians Suni Lee and Caeleb Dressel as Athletes of the Year at 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards


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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, December 9, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – US Polo Assn., the official mark of United States Polo Association (PACU), presented the athlete of the year award at the Sports Illustrated 2021 Award. Presented by Pepsi’s Stronger Together initiative, the annual event took place on December 7 at the new Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

This year’s Athlete of the Year award winners were Olympic gymnast Suni Lee and Olympic swimmer Caeleb Dressel.

This award recognizes the top female and male athletes of 2021 who have proven themselves to be the MVPs of their sport and embody the highest level of athleticism, skill and character by performing unprecedented work, both on and off the field. As the presenter of this significant award, US Polo Assn. has demonstrated its commitment to showcasing athletes in the world of sport.

“It has been an honor to serve as the main sponsor of the Athlete of the Year award at this year’s event,” said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing , the multi-billion dollar global licensor of US Polo. Assn. Mark. “As a global sport-inspired brand, we are proud to recognize these athletes who have excelled in their respective sports and continue to have a significant impact on and off the field.”

For the first time in the history of the event, the Sports Illustrated Awards brought together thousands of people in person to celebrate these sporting achievements and were broadcast on Sports Illustrated channels and platforms.

Among the appearances of some of the world’s most famous athletes and artists were Tom Brady, Billie Jean King, Brooks Nader, Camille Kostek, Chad Johnson, Candace Parker, DJ Carnage, Haley Kalil, Jasmine Sanders, JuJu Smith-Schuster, LaMelo Ball , Logan Paul, Rob Gronkowski, Caeleb Dressel, Suni Lee, Tyler Herro and Udonis Haslem.

To watch this year’s Sports Illustrated Awards, visit www.sportsillustratedawards.com.

About US Polo Assn.

US Polo Assn. is the official mark of United States Polo Association (PACU), the not-for-profit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the oldest athletic governing bodies, having been founded in 1890. With a global footprint of billions of dollars and worldwide distribution through some 1,200 US Polo Assn. retail stores, department stores, sporting goods chains, independent retailers and e-commerce, US Polo Assn. offers clothing for men, women and children, as well as accessories and footwear in 194 countries around the world. Ranked fifth largest sports licensor in License Global magazine’s 2020 list of the “150 World’s Best Licensors,” US Polo Assn. is named alongside iconic sports brands such as the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball. Visit uspoloassnglobal.com and @uspoloassn. For more polo content, visit Globalpolo.com.

About Sports Illustrated

Illustrated sports (SI) is an unprecedented and influential leader recognized for shaping modern culture and uniting athletes, teams and fans around the world. At the intersection of sport, lifestyle and entertainment, Sports Illustrated is a 360-degree company that delivers immersive content, innovative digital experiences, unforgettable events and original products. Its award-winning media brings powerful storytelling to life with poll profiles, up-to-date news and matchday statistics on SI.com, social media and the monthly print magazine. Most trusted name in sport transcends media across IF Tix, a ticketing platform for fans of sporting and entertainment events, and IF Sports betting, the most trusted sports betting platform, which was recently launched in Colorado with other states to follow. Sports Illustrated Studios translates sport’s most important and compelling stories, characters and moments into long-lasting film, television and audio content. The franchise brings its unique and authentic perspective to renowned events and exciting brand activations including The Sports Illustrated Awards, The Party and Club SI. For more information, visit SI.com. Follow Sports Illustrated on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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