Sixteen wounded veterans competed in a Detroit marathon on Sunday. Chevrolet was the team sponsor.
Online PR News – 26-October-2012 – Jackson, MI – On Sunday, the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, consisting of sixteen wounded vets from across the country, competed in the 35th annual Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon. The sixteen members hailed from thirteen different states, including Michigan, the great home state of College Chevrolet Buick. For the second year in a row, GM, Chevrolet, and the GM Military Discount Program sponsored the team in its endeavor.
“Our support for the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans is just one of the many ways we salute the heroes who have bravely served our country and overcome life-altering injuries as they begin a new phase in their lives,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet global marketing. Other ways that Chevrolet lends support to the nation’s heroes include Cell Phones for Soliders and the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, as well as several grassroots and employment initiatives and the sponsorship of the Army-Navy Game, of which Chevrolet is the official vehicle.
GM and Chevrolet started their involvement with the Achilles Freedom Team back in 2010, but the team was actually formed in 2004 by Achilles International in an effort to assist wounded vets from all the branches of our armed forces to overcome injuries sustained from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan and to help them rebuild their lives through athletics. As the veterans recuperate in hospitals, officials from Achilles visit them and give them the option of learning to use specialized adaptive devices, like hand cycles, for the competitions. The hand cycles, with three wheels, permit the operators to lean forward while they pump the wheels with their hands.
Building up to the events each year, Chevrolet and GM invest in a good amount of fundraising. Earlier in the year, Chevy auctioned off a special “Military Tribute” Camaro and donated the proceeds—a whopping $185,000—to the Achilles Freedom Team. Back in 2011, GM donated 30 hand cycles to the team. Even further back, in 2010, Chevrolet donated a Silverado HD pickup truck to transport the hand cycles for the team.
Everyone involved had a fantastic time on Sunday, and the team is already gearing up for next year’s marathon. For more Chevy news, like College Chevrolet on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CollegeChevroletBuick, and follow along on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CollegeChevy.
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