Thursday, June 04, 2009

Kool Kidz Classic Polo Tournament Returns September 12

Annual fundraising event benefits programs for children with disabilities and their families

FOCUS announced today that the Seventh Annual Kool Kidz Classic Polo Tournament will be Saturday, September 12 on the polo fields of Dr. & Mrs. Phil Beegle at Cedargate Farms in Newnan, Georgia. The Kool Kidz Classic historically has benefited the Kool Kidz Foundation. As of January 2009, the Kool Kidz Foundation merged with FOCUS, a 26-year-old nonprofit that also serves children with disabilities.

The Kool Kidz Classic Polo Tournament fundraiser is an eight-goal tournament featuring exceptionally talented local, national and international players in a high quality, exciting match. In addition to the championship polo match, activities include a silent auction, a raffle, champagne and divot stomping, delicious food by well-known chefs, as well as an evening party with music.

Kool Kidz Foundation was founded in 2002 when a group of physical and occupational therapists noticed a gap in facilities and services available for children who fell outside the norm of their able-bodied peers. Kool Kidz Foundation developed exceptional programs and services where all children, especially those with physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs, can learn and play together in an inclusive and challenging environment.

FOCUS began in 1983 when two medically fragile children shared a hospital room. The parents of these children became friends, finding in each other comfort, information, and friendship. FOCUS was founded to offer emotional, informational and physical support to families of children with disabilities or ongoing medical needs. FOCUS has grown to reach almost 3,000 families in metro Atlanta.

These two organizations combine their strengths to come together to benefit the children and families that they serve. The Newnan, Peachtree City, and Fayetteville communities have helped the Kool Kidz Classic Polo Tournament grow into a profitable fundraiser over the past six years.

For more information on sponsorship or the event, please contact Lucy Cusick, Executive Director, FOCUS at 770-234-9111 or at or visit
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