Tuesday, May 22, 2007

UnitedHealthcare Sponsors Veterans Wheelchair Games Team

LAS VEGAS — UnitedHealthcare recently donated $1,500 to sponsor and send a Las Vegas team from the Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America to compete in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

The Nevada Paralyzed Veterans of America (NPVA) is the local chapter of a national organization dedicated to helping military veterans confined to wheelchairs. UnitedHealthcare provides and administers health insurance plans for more than 26 million commercial health plan members nationwide.

According to Julie Johnson, NPVA executive director, UnitedHealthcare’s donation kicks off the group’s fund-raising drive, and that the NPVA will need to raise nearly $8,000 by June to send up to eight local competitors to the 27th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Milwaukee June 19-23.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs said that the annual games attract more than 500 competitors from around the country, making it the largest annual wheelchair competition in the world. Events include swimming, quad rugby, shooting skills and track and field.

“We’re honored to play a part in helping our local veterans participate in such a worthwhile and inspiring event,” said Paul Davis, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Nevada. “This is but one way for us to recognize the tremendous sacrifice our veterans have made for our nation and to give something back to them.”

“The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is one of the biggest events of the year for us,” Johnson said. “These guys really look forward to competing every year.”

To raise the rest of the money they need to send a team to the games, NPVA members are joining forces with the “Riders of the Thunderdome” motorcycle show at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. As part of Memorial Day weekend, on May 26 and 27, the NPVA will have a booth next to “Riders of the Thunderdome” on Fremont Street where they will be collecting donations both days.

UnitedHealthcare provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of more than 28 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 535,000 physicians and care professionals and 4,700 hospitals nationwide to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide.

Businesses making even small donations can make a tremendous difference through business giving. UnitedHealthcare's contribution to the team could have easily made the difference between sending a team and not sending a team. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world and inspires veterans, people who are paralyzed, and youth (there is a designated Kids Day). The event is held in Milwaukee.

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