Cigna (NYSE:CI) today announced the company will sponsor the Achilles Freedom Team and Achilles Kids at the 2013 Walt Disney World© Marathon Weekend, presented by Cigna. Grants of nearly $45,000 from the Cigna Foundation will make it possible for 20 Achilles International athletes and five Achilles children to take part in the weekend events scheduled for Jan. 10-13. Runners are active members of Achilles, a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling wounded veterans and other people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics. “We’re grateful to Cigna for helping our wounded veterans and other runners feel the power of participating in sports and activities that help restore their physical strength, confidence, and self-esteem,” said Genna Griffith, director of the Achilles Freedom Team. This is the latest announcement in a deepening relationship between Cigna and Achilles. Earlier this year, the two organizations forged an unusual collaboration through which Cigna’s selected long-term disability customers have access to Achilles programs, including individual coaching, personal training, a community of support and an opportunity to participate in activities with other Achilles athletes. “Today, Cigna salutes all 21 million military veterans and their families for their selfless service to our country on behalf of others,” said John Murabito, chairman of the Cigna Foundation Board of Directors and executive vice president of Cigna Human Resources and Services. “Our work with Achilles International and support of the Achilles Freedom Team pays tribute to all veterans’ courage, sacrifices, and spirit.” At the workplace, Cigna in September kicked off the Veteran’s Colleague Resource Group (CRG) to further support veterans at Cigna and to best use their talent and skills to reach business goals. Cigna’s CRG taps into the skills and experiences of employee veterans to improve hiring and retention of veterans, serve and retain veteran and military customers, encourage diversity and Cigna's use of veteran suppliers, and support veteran-related charities such as Achilles International.