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Anchorage Business Professionals To Compete In Wheelchair Sports

       At The Hartford’s Paralympic Experience On Wednesday, Oct. 13
U.S. Paralympics partner holds training program for business partners and
raises funds to purchase a sport wheelchair for local community program

WHAT: Approximately 40 local business professionals will slide, spin
and spike at The Hartford’s Paralympic Experience from
1:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Spenard Recreation
Center in Anchorage. During The Hartford’s Paralympic
Experience, able-bodied professionals will compete against each
other in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair sprints, and sitting
volleyball and experience what it’s like to overcome a physical
limitation to achieve success. Also, U.S. Paralympic skier Joe
Tompkins of Juneau will share his personal story of achieving
success by focusing on his abilities.

In addition to the Paralympic sports challenge, The Hartford’s
Paralympic Experience on Oct. 13 will be a fund-raiser, with
contributions being used to purchase a sports wheelchair for
Challenge Alaska. To donate for the event, go to
http://www.thewilsonagency.com/TWA/paralympicevent or call
277-1616.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. business professionals will
compete in Paralympic sports

WHERE: Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 West 48th Ave., Anchorage

WHO: Tompkins is a gold medal winner in downhill skiing. He has won
gold in the Super-G at the World Cup in 2004, in the downhill
at the Disabled World Cup in 2005, and in the downhill at the
2010 World Cup Finals. He has competed at the 2002, 2006, and
2010 Winter Paralympic Games. He was a recreational skier
before a car accident in 1988 left him paralyzed and without
the use of his legs.

Participants competing in The Hartford’s Paralympic Experience
include the insurer’s employees and professionals from The
Wilson Agency and local companies.

The Hartford is the founding partner of U.S. Paralympics, a
division of the U.S. Olympic Committee whose mission is to
recruit and train elite athletes with physical disabilities.
U.S. Paralympians embody The Hartford’s Ability Philosophy – a
focus on abilities, not physical limitations.

The Wilson Agency is a full-service strategic employee benefits
consulting firm that helps Alaskan businesses to develop an
organized approach to complex employee initiatives.

Challenge Alaska improves the quality of life for people with
disabilities and the whole community through adaptive sports,
therapeutic recreation, and education.

WHY: As part of its U.S. Paralympics partnership, The Hartford holds
more than 200 events annually throughout the United States to
deepen its business partners’ understanding of disability
issues. By getting in the game and getting to know elite
disabled athletes such as Tompkins, business professionals
better understand what it is like to live with a disability and
encourage the hiring and retention of people with disabilities.

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