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Hood To Coast

August 27, 2010 by staff 

Hood To Coast, Standard Insurance Company (“The Standard”) announced today its sponsorship of the first team of disabled service members competing in iconic Hood Oregon to broadcast the coast. These men and women service members who were seriously injured in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The sponsorship, in cooperation with the U.S. Disabled Sports & Athletes Foundation contested allows the participation of “Team Sports Warfighter” in the chapel of the Costa del relay. The team comprises 12 runners, 11 men and one woman, who are amputees, blind, post-traumatic experience, has severe muscle damage or other physical injuries. Armed with the latest technology, appliances and even a hand cycle, these 12 brave service members challenge other teams 1200 people without disabilities to the competition of his life – grueling race Hood to Coast relay 197-miles.

“In The Standard, support for partners that provide the opportunity for rehabilitation and those with disabling injuries is an extension of the values of our company,” said Greg Ness, president and CEO of The Standard. “Our confidence in the abilities of people with disabilities, and our deep respect for the brave men and women who serve our country, made the sponsorship of these wounded warriors an easy decision.”

“Disabled Sports USA Sports Warfighter Series” is a challenging program of events to help military service members with permanent disabilities such as amputations, spinal cord injuries, visual impairment and brain injury traumatic, train and challenge themselves in extreme and endurance sports.

“We are pleased to partner with the standard and give this team a chance to participate in this great event,” said Kirk Bauer, executive director of the U.S. Disabled Sports. “After serving thousands of seriously wounded service members from Iraq and Afghanistan through sports rehabilitation programs in the past seven years, our disabled veterans are yearning for a chance to test their skills to the extreme, as they did in the army. Our Sports Warfighter Series provides this – to help them not only survive their injuries, but to thrive and succeed personally and professionally. ”

Hood to the coast starts at 6:30 am, Friday, August 27 at Timberline Lodge.

On the standard

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. / quotes/comstock/13 *! Sfg / quotes / nls / SFG (SFG 36.05, 0.42, 1.18%), through its subsidiaries marketed as The Standard, is a leading provider of employee benefits and financial products and services. Insurance products are offered by Standard Insurance Company of Portland, Oregon, in all states except New York, where insurance products are offered by Standard Life Insurance Company of New York in White Plains, NY The company serves approximately 8 million customers nationwide as of June 30, 2010, with group and individual disability insurance, group life, AD & D, dental and vision, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard visit www.standard.com.

The standard is the trading name of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries Standard Insurance Company, Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, StanCorp Mortgage Investors, StanCorp Investment Advisers, StanCorp Real Estate, and StanCorp Equities.

About U.S. Sports handicapped

Founded in 1967 by Vietnam veterans with disabilities, disabled U.S. Sports (DSUs) provides opportunities for disabled people to rebuild their lives through sport, recreation and educational programs. DSUs are a national multi-sport, multi-disability organization serving more than 60,000 young people and adults each year. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, DSUs offers programs through its nationwide network of over 100 community chapters operating in 38 states. For schedules and more information, visit www.dsusa.org.

DSUs are a member of the Combined Federal Campaign number: 10151

About Challenged Athletes Foundation

It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation to provide opportunities and support for people with physical disabilities so they can follow an active lifestyle through physical fitness and competitive sports. Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that participation in sport at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and improves quality of life.

Challenged Athletes Foundation (R) (CAF) Operation Rebound (R) provides unprecedented opportunities for sport and support U.S. troops and veterans of any branch of service, past and present, and the first to have suffered permanent physical injuries in of duty. CAF’s Operation Rebound (R) (O) provides support through grants, which provides direct funding for the purchase of adaptive sports equipment, training and competition expenses, mentors for programs of physical training in the field military medical centers, clinics beginner sport athlete, and an online forum where members of Operation Rebound and their families can stay connected.

SOURCE: The Standard

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