Cigna (NYSE:CI) today announced the company will sponsor the Achilles
Freedom Team and Achilles Kids at the 2013 Walt Disney World© Marathon
Weekend, presented by Cigna. Grants of nearly $45,000 from the Cigna
Foundation will make it possible for 20 Achilles International athletes
and five Achilles children to take part in the weekend events scheduled
for Jan. 10-13. Runners are active members of Achilles, a non-profit
organization dedicated to enabling wounded veterans and other people
with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics.
"We're grateful to Cigna for helping our wounded veterans and other
runners feel the power of participating in sports and activities that
help restore their physical strength, confidence, and self-esteem," said
Genna Griffith, director of the Achilles Freedom Team.
This is the latest announcement in a deepening relationship between
Cigna and Achilles. Earlier this year, the two organizations forged an
unusual collaboration through which Cigna's selected long-term
disability customers have access to Achilles programs, including
individual coaching, personal training, a community of support and an
opportunity to participate in activities with other Achilles
"Today, Cigna salutes all 21 million military veterans and their
families for their selfless service to our country on behalf of others,"
said John Murabito, chairman of the Cigna Foundation Board of Directors
and executive vice president of Cigna Human Resources and Services. "Our
work with Achilles International and support of the Achilles Fredom
Team pays tribute to all veterans' courage, sacrifices, and spirit."
At the workplace, Cigna in September kicked off the Veteran's Colleague
Resource Group (CRG) to further support veterans at Cigna and to best
use their talent and skills to reach business goals. Cigna's CRG taps
into the skills and experiences of employee veterans to improve hiring
and retention of veterans, serve and retain veteran and military
customers, encourage diversity and Cigna's use of veteran suppliers, and
support veteran-related charities such as Achilles International.
Additionally, in 2012, the Cigna Foundation provided more than $150,000
to help veterans heal the wounds of war:
About the Cigna Foundation
The Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions
from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna
Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing
the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their
communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna
employees live and work.
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company
dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense
of security. All products and services are provided exclusively through
operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut
General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company,
Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company
of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of
health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy
and vision care benefits, and other related products including group
disability, life, and accident coverage. Cigna has sales capability in
30 countries and jurisdictions, with approximately 70 million customer
relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®,
including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.
Achilles International is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit helping people with
disabilities be active, set goals, achieve, and make long term
improvements to their health and fitness. Achilles, which was founded in
1983, has its headquarters in NY and can be found on the web at www.achillesinternational.org
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