The team works together to fulfill the mission of the PTF, encouraging the growth of polo by supporting training programs for players and umpires at all levels of ability. The PTF promotes goodwill and sportsmanship, and encourages human development through teaching the principles and organizational and managerial skills necessary to successfully participate in the game of polo.
Mr. Scheraga, better known to most folks as Danny, has shared his expertise with clubs and colleges throughout North America. Since 1996, as Executive Director, his passion for the game and respect for the players and fans have defined the focus of the training programs offered by the Foundation.
In conjunction with the Board of Directors, Danny believes that polo training is the future of this sport. Working to fulfill the mission set forth by the Board, he insures there are programs for training from the basic skills in 4-H and pony clubs up through and including Senior Games using each opportunity to foster appropriate play. Instruction and play with an eye toward skill and safety will continue to yield the excitement and camaraderie traditional in the sport of polo.
Head Umpire Instructor
Steve is currently supported jointly by the PTF and USPA as a Head Umpire Instructor and has been in the Professional Umpire Program since January of 1993. Steve has been in polo since he was big enough to wield a mallet and has been professionally involved with umpiring and umpire training since 1992. As an internationally recognized trainer of polo umpires he brings his expertise at clinic instruction to the PTF as he oversees all aspects of umpire training. Steve will be based at the Eldorado Polo Club in Indian Wells, California from January through March and based at his home in Summerfield, Florida the rest of the year. PTF's goal is to grow the umpire training program with Steve at the helm, while he continues to be an umpire role model in the saddle umpiring games.
Wilbur is currently supported jointly by the PTF and USPA as a Field Director. His responsibilities include teaching clinics at colleges, highs schools and with other youth groups such as Pony Club and 4-H. He also helps these organizations manage their programs and during tournament season he helps the USPA manage some of the Intercollegiate and Interscholastic tournaments. His ability as an instructor is exemplary; he is the proof that "if its Training, its PTF.
Wilbur is also an accomplished umpire and player; Arena Umpire of the Year in 1997, PTF Intercollegiate Player of the Year in 1990, All-American Intercollegiate Polo Player in 1990, and he won four Intercollegiate Pacific Coast Polo Championships.
Diana has been with the PTF since 1997. During her tenure she has been attuned to the growth and development of the organization which has given her the opportunity work with everything from receiving gifts in kind to sending out Junior Grants in Aid. Her experience with the variety of programs and projects of the PTF account for the reason you will most often find her creating behind the scenes to facilitate and support projects and special programs.
Sharon joined the PTF in 2012. Her responsibilities include maintaining financial records, website maintenance and general office management.