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Swimmer Brad Snyder Wins Male Athlete Of The Paralympic Games

The Hartford’s national athlete ambassador took home four medals from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

October 3, 2016
"We congratulate Brad and all of the U.S. Paralympic athletes who represented our country so successfully at this year’s Games."

HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two-time U.S. Paralympian Brad Snyder was named Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games, presented by The Hartford at the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Games ceremony. Snyder won three gold medals and tied for silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He defended his Paralympic titles in the 400- and 100-meter freestyle events, while breaking a 30-year-old world record in the 100 freestyle.

“Brad and Team USA’s amazing athletic performance demonstrated to the world that people are defined by their ability, not their physical limitations,” said Michael Concannon, executive vice president of Group Benefits at The Hartford. “We congratulate Brad and all of the U.S. Paralympic athletes who represented our country so successfully at this year’s Games.”

Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, who won a gold medal in swimming at the London 2012 Paralympic Games exactly one year after an explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan cost him his vision, is The Hartford’s national Paralympic ambassador this year. He has appeared in the company’s advertising and represented the insurer at events, including South By Southwest, the annual film, music and technology festival in Austin, Texas. He and U.S. Paralympian Alana Nichols spoke on a panel about technology and disability and how prevailing is possible when you have the right resources and team behind you.

The Team USA Awards, which will be televised on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET, recognize the outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Sponsorship and U.S. Paralympics

A leading U.S. provider of group disability insurance, The Hartford is the Official Disability Insurance Sponsor of U.S. Paralympics and has supported U.S. Paralympic athletes for more than 20 years.

As part of its partnership, The Hartford sponsors and organizes events featuring U.S. Paralympic athletes throughout the country and shares athletes’ stories through advertising, marketing and social media. The programs provide an opportunity for The Hartford’s business partners, employer clients and employees to share a meaningful experience in the course of everyday business. The programs featuring U.S. Paralympic athletes also create educational opportunities across the country to promote awareness – particularly within the business community – about the value that employees with disabilities bring to the workplace. Over the course of its partnership, The Hartford has held more than 2,500 of these events, connecting millions of Americans with U.S. Paralympic athletes and sports.

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