AIG recently helped support resilience for wounded military veterans at the third annual Skiing With Heroes event in Klosters, Switzerland.
Skiing with Heroes helps medically discharged veterans who have life-changing injuries recover and return to work through a unique program of ‘skihabilitation’, mentoring, pain management, and employment.
This is the first time AIG has participated in the Skiing With Heroes Business Challenge. Our involvement grew out of the charity’s close affiliation with the Endeavour Fund, for whom we are the Lead Corporate Partner. The Endeavour Fund helps wounded servicemen and women in the UK recover and rebuild confidence through mentoring, support, and athletic challenges.
AIG committed to raising funds for Skiing With Heroes by competing with other corporate teams and by racing against teams of veterans from Skiing With Heroes, as well as athletes who have achieved honors in the Paralympics.
On our first day, AIG took part in a Ski Marathon, where teams ski as far as possible in the time allowed. That evening, wounded veterans spoke to AIG’s team to share their experiences. The veterans’ insights were extremely moving and highlighted the importance of Skiing With Heroes for participants in the program.
On the second day of the Challenge, AIG competed on the Giant Slalom course, supporting the veterans and other competitors. We were also honored to ski with Sean Rose, a World Cup downhill ski racer and X Games competitor. Sean broke his back in an accident in 2000, but he has not allowed the injury to slow him down.
“The positive impact that Skiing With Heroes has on the lives of veterans needs to be seen up close to be fully appreciated,” said Jack Cooper, Andrew Hales, Russell Jennings, and Daniel Martin, who competed on Team AIG in the Business Challenge. “We feel very lucky to have been involved, representing AIG and demonstrating our corporate values at this event."
Jack Cooper, who joined AIG in 2010 and works as a Property Underwriter in London, explained, “It was a great opportunity to give something back to the people who have given so much for us.”
Andrew Hales, who has been a member of AIG’s Distribution team for 13 years, added, “This is a fantastic cause—it helps veterans to continue to get the most out of life through support, funding, and teamwork.”
Russell Jennings, a Senior Large Limits Commercial Property Underwriter who has been with AIG for five years, commented that he was moved by participating in the Challenge. “Giving back to those that have served our country was a humbling, exciting, and highly motivating opportunity.”
Daniel Martin, who joined AIG in 2015 and leads Broker Engagement for Portfolio Solutions in the UK, was also grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Challenge and ski alongside veterans. “This was a great event to be connected with and provided a fantastic opportunity to give back to people who have themselves given so much,” he said.