|[April 01, 2014]
Anthem Life Encourages Disabled and Wounded Service Men and Women to Lead Active Lives
RENO, Nev. --(Business Wire)--
For the fifth year in a row, Anthem Life Insurance Company is proud to
support Disabled Sports USA's Warfighter Sports program to help severely
injured service men and women rebuild their lives through sports with a
ski event in the Tahoe ski area in Olympic Valley, California, from
April 1 through April 5. Approximately 30 wounded warriors and their
families are expected to participate in adaptive alpine skiing and
snowboarding, as well as cross-country skiing, sled hockey and
snowmobiling as part of Disabled Sports USA's local Far West chapter.
Warfighter Sports offers sports rehabilitation for severely wounded
warriors in major military hospitals and communities across the U.S.
through a nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters.
Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors,
including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering more
than 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year.
"Many things in a person's life can change when they become disabled;
however, having a disability shouldn't prohibit anyone from enjoying a
full and active life that includes sports and other activities," said
Jeff Spahr, president of Anthem Life and vice president of Anthem's
Specialty businesses. "We are very committed to helping people with
disabilities get back to health, back to work and back to life.
Sponsoring events such as this ski event helps us reinforce our
philosophy with individuals and families who have given so much to this
When someone is initially faced with the reality of a disability, they
can lose confidence in themselves, become depressed and start to believe
their fun and active days are a thing of the past. They also often
alienate themselves from family and friends due to the belief that there
are limited positive events and activities to experience in the future.
However, sports and recreational activities offer those with
disabilities the opportunity to achieve success in a very short time
period; to use this success to build self-confidence and focus on the
possibilities instead of dwelling on what can no longer be done.
"Having Anthem Life continue to sponsor this event benefits everyone
involved," said Kirk Bauer, executive director, Disabled Sports USA and
a disabled Vietnam veteran. "We know the positive impact sports and
recreational activities have on successfully rehabilitating individuals
with disabilities. And, having the ability to participate in a sport,
such as skiing, cycling, and sailing, to name a few, provides wounded
warriors the opportunity to rebuild their self-esteem and
self-confidence, and reunite with family and friends in healthy shared
About Anthem Life
Life and Disability products underwritten by Anthem Life Insurance
Company, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance
Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are
registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
About Warfighter Sports
Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports
rehabilitation for severely wounded warriors in military hospitals and
communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100
community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly
served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than
100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by
improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families
through shared healthy activities.
Contributions cover all expenses for participation of the warrior and a
family member, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive
sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals. Since 2003, more
than 8,000 of the most severely wounded and their families have been
served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal
cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle
damage. For more information, visit www.warfightersports.org.
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