“The Hartford Ski Spectacular has been and continues to be one of those events that truly showcases what’s possible for people with disabilities,” said Glenn Merry, executive director of Move United. “We are excited to be able to once again offer this unique event thanks to our expanded partnership with The Hartford and other supporters.”
The event was held virtually in 2020.
As part of their rehabilitation, more than 50 wounded US military veterans, service members, family, and military medical staff participated in the event. Wounded or injured service members are coming from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Fort Carson Warrior Transition Battalion, and the Tampa VA. Since 2003, Move United has served more than 15,500 severely wounded or injured veterans, service members and family members, offering nationwide programs in more than 70 different adaptive sports.
At this year’s event, The Hartford and Team Hartford athletes Scott, Mathewson, and Danz surprised eight athletes with custom-fitted adaptive sports equipment to help them participate and excel in winter sports.
The Hartford recently announced an expanded partnership with Move United to include a summer competition series and the creation of the Move United OnDemand fitness platform.
The Hartford Ski Spectacular also strengthens and expands adaptive snow sports programs in communities across the country by training staff and volunteers at Move United member organizations through the National Adaptive Academy. In addition, the ski instructor academy, endorsed by Professional Ski Instructors of America – American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), offers training for instructors in the latest and safest adaptive ski and snowboard techniques for individuals with disabilities.
To watch a video of the event, visit Move United’s YouTube page.