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A non-profit group in Philadelphia is offering inner city kids a chance to play polo with winning results.
Sarah Hoye has the story.
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IT'S BEEN A WILD RIDE FOR A GROUP OF POLO-PLAYING TEENS FROM PHILADELPHIA'S INNER-CITY.
THAT'S RIGHT … POLO.
THE CLOSE-KNIT TEAM TOOK HOME THE TITLE FOR THE NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTIC POLO CHAMPIONSHIP EARLIER THIS MONTH -- FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.
"How you feeling man?"
"I'm feeling great. It's a two-peat. I feel good."
THE TEAM, "WORK TO RIDE," BEAT CALIFORNIA-BASED ELDORADO, 20-TO-19, IN A NAIL-BITING SHOOTOUT IN DOUBLE OVERTIME DURING THE FINALS HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA IN CHARLOTTESVILLE.
"You couldn't have written a movie ending any better than what that was. I mean it was so clutch."
THE STORY OF WORK TO RIDE IS INDEED WORTHY OF THE SILVER SCREEN.
BUT IT'S LESS ABOUT POLO AND MORE ABOUT BEATING THE ODDS.
FOUNDED IN 1994, THE NON-PROFIT PROVIDES AT-RISK YOUTH FROM PHILLY'S TOUGHEST NEIGHBORHOODS A CHANCE TO PLAY POLO IN EXCHANGE FOR CLEANING OUT STALLS AND BRUSHING DOWN HORSES.
"We don't have an arena to really practice in, so our kids really only get to practice when we schedule games. Sometimes that's once a week, sometimes that's twice a week, sometimes we might not have a game for a couple of weeks. So really for them to be able to hone their skills it's basically done on an ad-hoc basis."
LAST MARCH "WORK TO RIDE" MADE HISTORY FOR BEING THE FIRST ALL-BLACK HIGH SCHOOL TEAM TO WIN GOLD COMPETING IN ONE OF THE MOST EXCLUSIVE SPORTS.
THIS YEAR THE PRESSURE WAS ON AGAIN.
BUT BRANDON REASE, WHO JOINED WORK TO RIDE WHILE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, KEPT HIS COOL, AND NAILED THE WINNING PENALTY SHOT.
"I guess it's great. I don't feel too much right now but it will hit me later on."
THE CURRENT TEAM ISN'T ALL BLACK … THE ROSTER INCLUDES JULIA SMITH, ONE OF ONLY TWO GIRLS TO PLAY IN THE TOURNAMENT.
"Somebody's got to win and somebody's got to lose. Couldn't be any more proud of them for sure. They fought their butts off and played hard."
FOR NOW IT'S TIME FOR WORK TO RIDE TO CELEBRATE.
"Going home I feel awesome. The team's happy, everyone's happy. People came down to support us and that was great."
WORK TO RIDE IS BACK IN THE HEART OF PHILADELPHIA'S FAIRMONT PARK, WITH THEIR EYES ON THE NEXT PRIZE.
SARAH HOYE, CNN, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA.
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