OAKLAND, Calif., May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has partnered with the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation to treat a young girl from Corona, Calif. to an experience she'll never forget. Adelynn, a 7-year-old battling severe hearing loss, will be the team's special guest on May 20 during the final stage of the race in Pasadena, Calif. Adelynn and her family will experience behind-the-scenes action as well as a meet and greet with the team.
Adelynn received a UHCCF grant to help pay for hearing aids, and recently received a second grant to put towards a new set of hearing aids. The grant has helped improve her hearing, speech and confidence.
In honor of children like Adelynn, the team unveiled a new uniform that both the men's and women's teams will wear during the AMGEN Tour of California. The uniforms, special for this race, will feature the logos and colors of the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation. The team will also place the foundation's logo on its support equipment throughout the Tour.
This is the first time the team will change its uniforms for a nationally televised world-class event. In addition to changing their team kits, the riders will give behind-the-scenes experiences to select children and families who have received UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation grants.
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or fully covered, by their family's commercial health insurance plan. Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child, up to a $10,000 lifetime maximum, and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness for the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation during one of America's most prestigious cycling events," said Thierry Attias, president of Momentum Sports Group, owners and operators of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team. "Throughout our team's history, we have made a commitment to give back to the foundation because we believe in helping children and families. This race is the perfect way for us to highlight the foundation to everyone in the cycling community and to the fans watching at home. Both our men and women riders are proud to wear this uniform."
Over the past seven years, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has supported the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation in a variety of ways. The team has made cash donations, provided items for silent auctions and conducted team experiences. In all, the team has given over $400,000 in donations to the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation.
"The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation appreciates the Pro Cycling team's continued support. We believe these new team kits and experiences will heighten awareness of the foundation and encourage more families to apply for medical grants," said Matt Peterson, president of the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation. "The dedication and desire of the riders to give back is a blessing to us, our grant recipients and their families. We can't thank the team enough for sharing our message on such a national and world stage."
About UHC Pro Cycling Team
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is an American professional road cycling team comprised of riders and staff from all over the world, with ambitious goals on and off the racecourse. The men and women of the team race at the highest level all around the world, from the wind-swept roads of the middle-east, to century-old European road races, to fast-paced criteriums that take place in cities and towns all over the United States. Each rider has a different background and role within the team, but the goal on the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is always the same: setting a positive example through dedication, teamwork, and a positive attitude.
Proudly representing UnitedHealthcare for the eighth consecutive year, the team provides an opportunity to help promote the benefits of exercise, nutrition and healthy living to individuals across the country. A professional cyclist's diet, training regiment, and healthy lifestyle are good examples of the values UnitedHealthcare promotes, along with innovation and performance, which are critically important in the competitive sport of cycling.
Whether winning races in far away lands, or teaching children at your local elementary school how to safely ride a bicycle around the neighborhood, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team aims to make a difference, and invites you to join us on the road ahead.
About UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their parents' commercial health insurance plan. Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible. UHCCF was founded in 1999. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 13,000 grants valued at over $35 million to children and their families across the United States. UHCCF's funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) employees. To apply for a grant, donate or learn more, please visit www.uhccf.org.
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