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The Chicago Park District was awarded a $35,000 grant from The Hartford.
The Chicago Park District was awarded a $35,000 grant from The Hartford.
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Equipment to help remove barrier for individuals with disabilities to participate in adaptive sports
 
Chicago, Illinois, May 7, 2022 – The Chicago Park District, a leading parks and recreation organization in Illinois, was recently awarded a $35,000 grant from The Hartford for new adaptive sports equipment.
 
The grant enabled Chicago Park District, a member of the Move United Network, to purchase equipment to support and enhance recreation programs for individuals with who are blind/low vision or have physical disabilities. Programs include sled hockey, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball, goalball, adaptive archery, adaptive cycling and adaptive mountain biking. This year, more than 200 youth and adults with physical disabilities and/or who are blind/visually impaired will benefit from having access to the new equipment. 
 
“We are thankful to Hartford and Move United for their generous grant award, which will support our efforts to better serve Chicago’s community with disabilities and enhance our adaptive sports program offerings with access to new equipment,” said Chicago Park District Interim Superintendent and CEO, Rosa Escareño. “This will build upon the five decades of work the Chicago Park District has undertaken as a national leader in providing year-round recreation and leisure programs and services to Chicagoans with disabilities.”
 
The Hartford has been inspiring human achievement through adaptive sports for nearly 30 years. As a leading provider of disability insurance, the company has seen first-hand the positive impact sports can have on people and is dedicated to making adaptive sports and equipment more accessible. This includes equipment donations to local sports clubs nationwide, raising awareness about equity in sports in partnership with its world class Team Hartford athletes, and hosting The Hartford’s Competition Series, five premier competitive adaptive sports events.
 

 
About the Chicago Park District
The Chicago Park District is the Gold Medal Award winner, recognized for excellence in park and recreation management across the nation. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,800 acres of parkland, more than 600 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 11 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, more than 75 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports, special recreation and entertaining programs, please visit:  www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312/742.PLAY. Follow us on Twiiter and Instagram at @ChicagoParks and on Facebook at @ChicagoParkDistrict. 
 
About The Hartford
The Hartford is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds.  With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust, and integrity.  More information on the company and its financial performance is available at https://www.thehartford.com. Follow us on Twitter at @TheHartford_PR.   
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) operates through its subsidiaries under the brand name, The Hartford, and is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut.  For additional details, please read The Hartford's legal notice. 
 
About Move United
Move United is the national leader in community adaptive sports, empowering 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities each year to live to their fullest potential. Move United’s 200 member organizations in 43 states are united by a single mission: ensuring everyone, regardless of ability, experiences the life-changing power of sport and is fully included in their community.
 
Move United, an Affiliate of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to become physically and emotionally stronger through participation in 70 adaptive sports. Established in 1956, Move United offers community-based sports recreation, education and competition that push people further, bring people closer and leave no one on the sidelines. Join our MOVEment at www.moveunitedsport.org.