“Skiing introduced me to a world of opportunities that I otherwise would never have known existed without AIG and Warfighter sports,” said Joshua Elliot, a Purple Heart recipient, retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant, and wounded veteran, who participated in the 2015 AIG Winter Summit at Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort in March.
After healing from injuries he sustained in Afghanistan in 2011, Joshua aspired to become a competitive alpine skier. “The AIG Winter Summit has provided me the opportunity to turn my dream into reality."
For the past five years, AIG – together with its clients, brokers, and other business partners – have helped more than 9,000 wounded veterans and family members turn their dreams into a reality by raising money for Disabled Sports USA’s Warfighter Sports program. This year was no different, and thanks to generous sponsors, $700,000 was raised for DSUSA.
More than 450 people attended the three-day event. Attendees had the opportunity to take part in ski and snowboard races. Clients and brokers also had their choice of business sessions to help them be more competitive off the slopes.
The response to the Winter Summit was enthusiastic. Said Kirk Bauer, Executive Director of DSUSA, "The AIG Winter Summit not only offers warriors the opportunity to race and enjoy the camaraderie of people at the event, but the funds raised support adaptive sports programs throughout the year through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters in 42 states. We thank AIG and its Winter Summit partners for their commitment to helping wounded warriors rebuild their lives through sports."
Concluded Peter Hancock, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG, "It is our honor to host this event and support these remarkable veterans. They show us the true meaning of perseverance and courage – through their service to country and through their resolve to overcome the daunting challenges they have faced since returning from war.”