Chukkar Farm Polo Club & Event Facility will celebrate Olympic Day with a polo match and an interactive half-time visit from an Olympic athlete.
The match will be Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. as part of the more than 700 nationwide events panned between June 14 and June 30, a two-week window around June 23, Olympic Day.
Olympic Day, created in 1948, is celebrated by more than 160 countries around the world and focuses on Olympic values, such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.
Olympian Bob Pickens will take part in the local event. Pickens participated in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, representing the U.S. in Greco-Roman wrestling, where he finished sixth.
Pickens went on to play in the NFL and is now a motivational speaker. He was drafted in the third round of the 1966 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and later played three seasons with the team. He will be part of the halftime activities on Sunday with a question and answer session.
Susan Wright, of Chukkar Farm, said Olympic Day is a great way for local communities to show support for the Olympics.
“We want to bring awareness to communities about the Olympics as well as our farm and facility,” she said.
Polo was introduced at the 1900 Summer Olympic Games, and though it hasn’t been a competitive Olympic sport since the 1936 Summer Olympic Games, Wright said polo represents many of the qualities the Olympics stand for.
Chukkar Farm was founded in 1980 by owner Jack Cashin and his wife.
They wanted to make the sport of polo less of an elitist activity, where anyone wanting to learn could get involved, he said.
Cashin said in a release that being a part of Olympic Day was exciting for his organization.
“We are excited to take part in Olympic Day and inspire kids in the Alpharetta community,” Cashin said in the release. “Chukkar Farm Polo Club is proud to support the Olympic movement and encourage children to lead healthy, active lives.”
In addition to the match, there will be an interactive halftime activity that will allow attendees to learn to swing a polo mallet and hit a polo goal.
There is no charge for the event, but parking will cost $20.
Chukkar Farm Polo Club & Event Facility is located at 1140 Liberty Grove Road.
For more about Olympic Day, visit olympic.org/olympic-day.