Lifestyle Press Release

Pro Cyclists Mara Abbott and Cari Higgins Join UnitedHealthcare Employees to Fill USO Care Packages for Troops at Pro Challenge Experience

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team members Mara Abbott and Cari Higgins, and 50 UnitedHealthcare employees are joining today to make 2,500 care packages for troops.

The care packages containing breakfast foods will be given to troops at United Service Organizations (USO) Centers in Colorado and Texas.

The volunteer project is taking place at the 2nd annual Pro Challenge Experience, a community ride taking place in Fort Collins, just eight days before the start of the USA Pro Challenge professional race. With distances of 25, 50 and 100 miles, the Pro Challenge Experience gives cycling fans the opportunity to get in on the excitement of the pro race, which starts in Aspen on Aug. 18.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the USO and the USA Pro Challenge at this event that supports the troops and their service to our country,” said Matt Peterson, CEO, central region, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans. “The Pro Challenge Experience empowers participants to be active while challenging themselves against some of the most difficult and scenic terrain in the world.”

Volunteers will support the USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign by assisting at a photo booth where festival participants can get their picture taken and post on their social media channels using #USOMoments to show their support for the troops. Participants will also be able to join volunteers in writing notes of thanks that will be included in the care packages.

“Not only will fans of the USA Pro Challenge have the opportunity to ride some of the same roads that have been covered by the pros, but they’ll also have the opportunity to give back through the USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign and thank our troops for their selflessness and dedication in service to our country,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO, USA Pro Challenge.

“We are thankful to the UnitedHealthcare employees who have taken the time to help us give back,” said Christy Hartsell, vice president of corporate alliances, USO. “A partnership like this helps the USO have an even bigger impact on the lives of our troops and their families. We hope that the men and women who receive these care packages know we are grateful for the service and sacrifices they make for our country.”

This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or “like” Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.

UnitedHealthcare serves the needs of more than 1.1 million Coloradoans, including nearly 171,000 active duty and retired military personnel.


Courtney Johnson, 612-702-7703

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