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The Hartford Extends Alliance With U.S. Paralympics

Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:25 AM


Leading financial services firm reaffirms commitment to continue promoting, supporting the abilities of people with disabilities

Continuing its long-term commitment of promoting and supporting the abilities of individuals with physical disabilities, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) announced today it is extending its sponsorship of U.S. Paralympics, the division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) dedicated to recruiting and training elite athletes with physical disabilities.

The Hartford's ground-breaking alliance with U.S. Paralympics, which began five years ago, now extends through the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. In 2003, The Hartford became the first company to forge a multi-year agreement exclusively with the Paralympics, resulting in the most significant corporate commitment to the Paralympics in U.S. history.

"Our partnership with U.S. Paralympics in 2003 established The Hartford as a true ‘Ability' company, and the first – and only – disability carrier to pledge support to U.S. Paralympics and its 800 athletes," said Ron Gendreau, executive vice president of The Hartford's Group Benefits Division. "We are proud to continue our strong partnership and together continue to change people's lives."

"The Hartford has been a consistent leader in the Paralympic and disability movement," said Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics, USOC. "The company's continued support reinforces its commitment to assist future generations of Paralympic athletes in pursuing their dreams, while also ensuring persons with physical disabilities have enhanced opportunities to achieve success in life."

The partnership between the elite athletic organization and the leading U.S. group disability insurance seller is a natural fit. "U.S. Paralympic athletes embody our Ability Philosophy – our conviction that success is possible by focusing on abilities instead of physical limitations," Gendreau said. "As active, productive members of society and the U.S. workforce, they are powerful, positive role models for our disability claimants."

"We're so pleased to renew our strong involvement with such a worthy cause," said Connie Weaver, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of The Hartford. "Closely tying our corporate citizenship goals and philanthropy activities with our business initiatives is an important strategy for our organization.


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