U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), presented the Sports Illustrated “Athlete of the Year” Award at the star-studded 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards.
The event took place live and in person at the new Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Theatre in Hollywood, Florida on December 7. For the first time in the event’s history, the Sports Illustrated Awards brought thousands of people together in person to celebrate these athletic achievements and broadcasted across Sports Illustrated channels and platforms.
Hosted by DJ Khaled and Cari Champion with featured performances by 2Chainz and DJ Irie, the event housed the world’s best athletes alongside exciting musical performances. It was witnessed by an in-person audience of more than 7,000 and broadcasted live to more than five million viewers through its live streamed global broadcast.
This year, the Athlete of the Year Awards was presented by the U.S. Polo Assn. to recognize and award the best female and male athletes of 2021. The awardees have proven they are the MVPs of their sport and embody the highest level of athleticism, skill, and character by putting in unprecedented work, both on and off the field. As the presenter of this meaningful award, U.S. Polo Assn. demonstrates its commitment to showcasing athletes across the world of sports.
“As a global, sport-inspired brand that contributes to the development and empowerment of polo players and other athletes around the world, U.S. Polo Assn. is proud to honor those special athletes who have excelled in their respective sports and inspire others,” President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing J. Michael Prince says. “It’s an honor for the U.S. Polo Assn. to be a presenting sponsor of the Athlete of the Year Award at this star-studded event for the first time, honoring excellence in sport.”