The Hartford donates $ 2 million to Move United to advance adaptive sports movement
Commitment Expands Disability Insurer’s Partnership with Leading National Adaptive Sports Organization to Launch Series of Competitive, Physical Training
The Hartford, a long-time supporter of adaptive sports, donates $ 2 million over the next two years to Move United, the nation’s leading community adaptive sports organization, to launch The Hartford’s Competition Series and a new platform digital fitness.
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“We believe people are able to do amazing things with the right encouragement and support and we have seen firsthand the positive impact of sport on health and productivity,” said Kathy Bromage, Director of Marketing at The Hartford. “We are committed to expanding access to sport participation for people of all skill levels and remain steadfast in our long-standing commitment to advancing the adaptive sports movement.
Starting in 2021, Hartford’s ongoing Ability Equipped program will include The Hartford’s Competition Series with two of the nation’s most important adaptive sports competitions: the UCO Endeavor Games located in Edmond, Okla., June 10-13 and the Championships Move United Junior Nationals held near Denver. , Colorado, July 17-23. The events will offer more than 600 disabled youth and adults the opportunity to participate in 12 adapted sports, participate in learning clinics and receive a national classification. Each event in the series will feature a signature moment of surprise for an attendee, which includes a donation of personalized adaptive gear. The company’s donation will also support the Hartford Ski Spectacular hosted by Move United in Breckenridge, Colo. In December 2021.
Additionally, a portion of The Hartford’s donation will support the launch of Move United OnDemand – a digital fitness platform that will deliver adaptive online athletic training for all ability levels, accessible anytime, anywhere. Participants can choose from a variety of strength, yoga, cardio, HIIT and dance-inspired classes taught by seasoned instructors including 2019 para-snowboard world champion Keith Gabel.
“We’ve been working side-by-side with The Hartford to raise awareness about adaptive sports for almost three decades,” said Move United Executive Director Glenn Merry. “The success of our programming and long-standing partnership to include a series of competitions and an online physical training program will undoubtedly allow more people with disabilities to experience the life-changing power of developing sport. the dedication, self-confidence and resilience that translates into all areas of their life. “
The Hartford has been an advocate for the adaptive sports movement and a sponsor of athletes with disabilities for over 25 years. As the main disability insurer, the company has long believed that sport is an important part of physical rehabilitation following disabling illness or injury. Hartford’s Ability Equipped program was launched in 2019 to make adapted sports and equipment more accessible to youth and adults with disabilities. Since its inception, the program has had an impact on the lives of more than 21,000 people and has donated more than 2,800 adapted sports equipment.
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About Move United
Move United is the national leader in adaptive community sports, empowering 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities to live to their fullest potential every year. The 200 Move United member organizations in 43 states are united by one mission: to ensure that everyone, regardless of their ability, experiences the life-changing power of sport and is fully included in their community.
Move United, an affiliate of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, offers people with disabilities the opportunity to become stronger physically and emotionally by participating in more than 70 adaptive sports. Founded in 1956, Move United provides community sports recreation, education and competition activities that push people further, bring people together and leave no one behind. Join our MOVEment on www.moveunitedsport.org.
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Monique S. Biggs