Fawk A Thug: Group Of Philly Boys Become First All-Black Team To Win A National Polo Title

- By Bossip Staff

Cowtown/Work to Ride Polo Club

It’s not often the young Black youths of Philly give us something to brag about.

But these young brothers have made us proud.

The Philadelphia youth polo team, the Cowtown/Work to Ride based in Fairmount Park, is an all-black team and a force to be reckoned with in the world of polo.

The team won the 42nd annual USPA National Interscholastic Championship tournament over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

“It was awesome,” Cowtown/WTR Coach Lezlie Hiner told the Philadelphia Inquirer about her team’s 24–17 victory over Baltimore in the title game. “We’re known as a come-from-behind team, but the boys were so explosive in these games.”

The stars of the team are brothers Kareem Rosser, 18, and Daymar Rosser, 16, of West Philadelphia, and Brandon Rease, 15, of North Philadelphia. Kareem was named the No. 1 All-star at the competition and plans to attend Cornell after he graduates from Valley Forge Military Academy.

Lezlie Hiner started the team back in 1994 with the goal of exposing the sport to underprivileged kids. In exchange for horse-riding lessons, kids would help around the barns and take care of the horses.

Right on, young brothas, right on! Check out members of the team talking about their journey to the championship below.

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  • UkFunkY

    i’m impressed and very proud.

    • WTF!

      Yes indeed, great job young men.

  • Soul Touch

    wonderful news! I use to ride, I LOVE horses (they symbolize strength to me). We can do more than play football and basketball.

    The world is your oyster, don’t limit yourself.

    Such handsome and talent boys.

  • AMBER

    they look pleased with themselves. nice photo.

    • jmagic

      and they should be,maybe more young black guys will do the same…hopefully there not trouble makers to really put them on top

  • uknoitsromaro

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can imagine since this isnt a negative article, we wont get many posts on here but that just shows the mentality

  • DR.FUNK

    Congrats fellas.I remember a public radio story about equestrian stables in the middle of South Philly.(maybe 7 yrs. ago) I guess this is the spin-off of that.

  • Soul Touch

    Well said.

  • Mabel

    Good for them. Wish them all the best for their continued success in the world. The only thing limiting black ppl are their own selves.

  • WithAllHonesty

    Good job. Wish ’em well.

  • w

    KEEP GOING FELLAS…TWO UP AND TWO DOWN..VA FOR LIFE!

  • southernone

    To God be the Glory, congrats young men and to Ms. Hiner for starting the program goes to show you can do anything you want to when given the chance. God Bless and continued Success to all.
    Blessings and Peace…………

  • Bell Bordeaux

    Dopeness! I never even imagined ever touching a horse lol good to see these young brothas dedicated to something.

  • KEM WER

    FIRST, I’M VERY PROUD AND HAPPY FOR THESE GUYS ACCOMPLISHMENT. SO CONGRATS. BUT SOME OF YOU SEEM SO ENAMORED BY THE IDEA THAT THEY’RE SUCCESSFUL IN A SO CALLED “WHITE SPORT” THAT IT SOME HOW VALIDATES THEM OR US AS A PEOPLE. STOP!!! I’M SELF VALIDATING AND HAVE ALL THE FUNCTIONAL & SOCIAL AUTHORITY I NEED WITHIN MYSELF. I DON’T NEED THEIR STAMP OF APPROVAL TO VALIDATE ME. WHEN WE VALIDATE OURSELVES AND KNOW OUR WORTH, WE WON’T SEEK ANY APPROVAL FROM THEM. NOTHING!!! ALSO THIS ISN’T MEANT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. CONGRATS AGAIN AND ALL THE SUCCESS TO YOU YOUNG BROTHAS.

  • PrettyLady08

    Congrats young fellas!!!! They are an inspiration to us all.

  • Shannon

    I love this!! This is what we need to show more often! Blackmen who are NOT IDIOTS/THUGS/CRIMINALS/BABY MACHINES etc…they are the futer of our race! I support you %100!!

  • Troi Dustin

    Go team black!!

  • Troi Dustin

    And as Trick Daddy would say, “Hell naw, hoe, you know they Polo!”

  • http://stewartsynopsis.com/Site%20Index.htm We"Blacks"AreTheREALHebrewIsraelites

    NOW I would be honored to have a lawn jockey. That’s so awesome! I can’t imagine the effort that went into that. I also know how much it takes to upkeep and maintain equestrian costs so EXTRA kudos to them again!

  • JaZzIe91

    Thats whats up. I’m very proud of them.

  • Allie

    THANK YOU

  • Allie

    This is nice to see, i know some fellow acquaintances that enjoy equestrian centered sports, i never really got into horses, but i have ridden them here and there and i really enjoyed it, congrats guys

  • j-byrd

    YAY!!!!! Everything we touch, we excel!

  • Kate

    Yes!!! I worked with some of these kids last summer, and they and the entire Work to Ride program are amazing! Congrats to Leslie and the guys, especially Gerb!

  • okkkkk Formerly Known As ok

    Wow! That’s awesome!

  • c'est la vie

    @j-byrd
    your’re right

  • Sharock1

    We excel at anything we put our mind to, so I am not surprised. Not only have we excelled in sports, but in every area. Our people just don’t usually get the publicity when we do great things. Recently, I read about a young black man who helped developed hybrid cars and a few years ago, about another who built a helicopter. If you want to find out good things about us, all you have to do is search and you will find countless examples. However, the negative image sells. It’s WHITE money that supports some of the most negative hiphop music (not all hiphop is bad. Some rappers won’t even get contracts, unless they insert b*tches and hoes into the lyrics.

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