Cigna and the Connecticut Whale continue “Hockey in the Streets” program for greater Hartford kids

For those of you in the Hartford area, here is the press release for this year’s Hockey in the Streets program:

HARTFORD, CT, December 10, 2012 – Cigna and the Connecticut Whale are continuing their partnership to bring hockey to boys and girls ages 6 to 12 years in the Greater Hartford area.
The Cigna Hockey in the Streets program starts its second year with a series of one-hour clinics, beginning at six p.m., Monday, December 10, at The Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center on 444 Albany Ave., Hartford. This program is available to groups and venues throughout the region.
Chuck Steedman, AEG Connecticut Senior Vice President & General Manager said, “AEG Connecticut is excited to carry on this tremendous program that significantly impacts the community. We strongly believe these type of programs are key to injecting excitement and energy into young hockey fans across the state. The Cigna Hockey in the Streets program had a very successful first year and we are eager to grow it in 2013. We are grateful to have committed partners in Cigna and The YMCA of Greater Hartford to help make this program a reality.”
“Both I and our players really enjoyed the Hockey in the Streets program last year,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “The chance to go out and meet so many local kids, and to introduce the great game of hockey to many who had never played it before, was a great experience, and we feel like the youngsters and the players all got a lot out of it.  We are very much looking forward to doing it again.”
Cigna, a global health service company headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn., is a proud sponsor of the Connecticut Whale. Cigna is also a primary supporter of the YMCA of Greater Hartford, and its programs to develop the health and fitness of local youths.
“Part of what we do as a company is to help people in our communities improve their health and well-being. Teaming up with The Whale to bring hockey to children who may not otherwise learn the sport is a great way to help them develop lifelong healthy habits,” said Mark Boxer, Cigna’s Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer. “With professional athletes teaching them, the children will learn not just the game, but teamwork, leadership, and the determination needed to achieve their dreams. We’re excited to continue our support of the Cigna Hockey in the Streets program and look forward to seeing the children shoot for the net.”
“The YMCA of Greater Hartford is delighted to once again collaborate with CIGNA and the Connecticut Whale.  When community organizations work together, the opportunities for the development of our youth are endless,” said James Morton, President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Hartford. “The Hockey in the Streets program not only teaches our kids the fundamentals of hockey, but emphasizes life skills such as team-building, leadership, personal responsibility, healthy living and the importance of giving back.”
In addition to fun and healthy competition, the Cigna Hockey in the Streets will offer greater Hartford kids a Healthy Hat Trick of goals:
1.       Live Healthy. Eat right, stay active, and avoid dangerous activity.
2.       Be Me. Study hard, respect yourself, and do everything you can to achieve your personal best.
3.       Help Others. Spread your healthy outlook to your family, friends, and your community.

About The Whale
The top player development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers, the Connecticut Whale, which is managed by AEG Management CT, has been a member of the American Hockey League, hockey’s primary development league, since 1997.  The Whale franchise won a Calder Cup championship in 2000, and has helped develop a host of players for the Rangers, including captain Ryan Callahan and all-star defenseman Dan Girardi.  In addition, the Whale has been a major contributor to the Hartford community throughout the team’s history, both in terms of player and staff outreach and monetarily, as Whale charitable events, and donations from the CT Whale Community Foundation, have combined to raise over a million dollars for various local causes.
About Cigna
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 71 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

About the YMCA
The YMCA of Greater Hartford is a non profit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization established in 1852 and is one of the nation’s oldest YMCA’s. The YMCA for Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen, for Healthy Living: Improving the nation’s health and well-being, for Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.  In 2011 the YMCA of Greater Hartford served more than 117,000 people, including 66,000 children, in 46 towns and cities throughout the Capital Region. YMCA programs put the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility into practice to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all participants.

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