|[August 10, 2014]
Pro Cyclists Mara Abbott and Cari Higgins Join UnitedHealthcare Employees to Fill USO Care Packages for Troops at Pro Challenge Experience
FORT COLLINS, Colo. --(Business Wire)--
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team members Mara Abbott and Cari Higgins,
and 50 UnitedHealthcare employees are joining today to make 2,500 care
packages for troops.
The care packages containing breakfast foods will be given to troops at
United Service Organizations (USO) Centers in Colorado and Texas.
The volunteer project is taking place at the 2nd annual Pro
Challenge Experience, a community ride taking place in Fort Collins,
just eight days before the start of the USA Pro Challenge professional
race. With distances of 25, 50 and 100 miles, the Pro Challenge
Experience gives cycling fans the opportunity to get in on the
excitement of the pro race, which starts in Aspen on Aug. 18.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the USO and the USA
Pro Challenge at this event that supports the troops and their service
to our country," said Matt Peterson, CEO, central region,
UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans. "The Pro Challenge Experience
empowers participants to be active while challenging themselves against
some of the most difficult and scenic terrain in the world."
Volunteers will support the USO's Every Moment Counts campaign by
assisting at a photo booth where festival participants can get their
picture taken and post on their social media channels using #USOMoments
to show their support for the troops. Participants will also be able to
join volunteers in writing notes of thanks that will be included in the
"Not only will fans of the USA Pro Challenge have the opportunity to
ride some of the same roads that have been covered by the pros, but
they'll also have the opportunity to give back through the USO's Every
Moment Counts campaign and thank our troops for their selflessness and
dedication in service to our country," said Shawn Hunter, CEO, USA Pro
"We are thankful to the UnitedHealthcare employees who have taken the
time to help us give back," said Christy Hartsell, vice president of
corporate alliances, USO. "A partnership like this helps the USO have an
even bigger impact on the lives of our troops and their families. We
hope that the men and women who receive these care packages know we are
grateful for the service and sacrifices they make for our country."
This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live Well."
employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and
obesity, inspire service and ncourage volunteerism. For more
information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local
opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org.
Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter (News - Alert) or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on
UnitedHealthcare serves the needs of more than 1.1 million Coloradoans,
including nearly 171,000 active duty and retired military personnel.
About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops
and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places
worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and
military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and
innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to
those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military
families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of
the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a
government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the
American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of
our volunteers and staff.
In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is
supported by President's Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T (News - Alert), BNSF
Railway, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, Grand
Canyon University, JCPenney, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop
Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide
Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, BIC, The Boeing Company, ConAgra Foods,
FedEx, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin (News - Alert), Microsoft Corporation, Procter &
Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa
Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal
Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn
more about the USO, please visit uso.org.
About the USA Pro Challenge
Referred to as "America's Race,"
the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven
consecutive days, the world's top athletes race through the majestic
Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they've ever had to
endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the
largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro
Challenge continues to set records in professional cycling by taking the
riders to unprecedented elevations. Featuring a challenging course, the
fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional
cycling and some of America's most beautiful scenery. More information
can be found online at www.USAProChallenge.com
and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to
helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health
care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and
sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers
the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers
and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals
and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves
more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the
businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50
health and well-being company.
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