ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff to Deliver Event’s Keynote Address
STOWE, VT — March 13, 2012 – Chartis today announced that its 2012 Winter Summit benefiting Disabled Sports USA’s (DS/USA) Warfighter Sports Program will take place March 13-16 at Stowe Mountain Resort. ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff is serving as the event’s keynote speaker.
In its 24th year, the Winter Summit is a business building event attended by a number of participants across the insurance industry. The event combines Chartis-led panel sessions with ski and snowboarding races, forming a fundraising platform on behalf of DS/USA whose Warfighter Sports Program offers sports rehabilitation for those wounded in combat. Mr. Woodruff’s remarks on the closing evening of the Winter Summit will address efforts to assist injured service members, veterans and their families — including those involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars – along with related issues.
Peter Hancock, Chief Executive Officer of Chartis, said, “We are a proud sponsor of DS/USA’s Warfighter Sports Program. The Winter Summit represents a great opportunity to collaborate with our business partners to support this important cause, and we are grateful for their participation in this year’s event and contribution to the topical discussions of important industry issues.”
The panel sessions will be led by Chartis senior executives on a wide range of topics, including: the impact of catastrophic events on the supply chain; global infrastructure solutions; corporate reputation protection during a crisis; healthcare reform; and terrorism risk, among others. While on the slopes, event attendees will be able to participate in practice runs with celebrity ski host and Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe.
Kirk Bauer, Executive Director of DS/USA, said, “I’d like to thank Chartis and all of this year’s Winter Summit sponsors for their generous contributions on behalf of the Warfighter Sports Program, which plays an important role in the lives of so many of our wounded warriors and their families. Events like the Winter Summit are a terrific opportunity to have fun, engage in some healthy competition and support our wounded warriors with meaningful programs that rebuild lives.”
Mr. Woodruff said, “The Winter Summit is a great way to raise awareness of the challenges facing those injured in combat. The encouragement and support provided by an event such as this helps to reintegrate our nation’s injured heroes back into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically.”
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Disabled Sports USA
Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 40 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters. For more information, visit www.dsusa.org .
Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely wounded warriors in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities.
Contributions cover all expenses for participation, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals for the warrior and a family member. Since 2003, more than 5,000 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage. For more information, visit www.warfightersports.org .
Bob Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories for the network throughout the country and around the world. He was named co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight in December 2005. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Mr. Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq.
In February 2007, just 13 months after being wounded in Iraq, Mr. Woodruff returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports. The hour-long, primetime documentary chronicled his traumatic brain injury, painstaking recovery, and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries. Mr. Woodruff continues to cover traumatic brain injuries and was honored with a Peabody Award in 2008 for his reporting on the subject.
The Woodruff family established the Bob Woodruff Foundation to help heal the physical and hidden wounds of war by providing resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families.