UnitedHealthcare Extends Relationship with Momentum Sports Group Professional Cycling Team
Oakland, CA – September 10, 2014 – Momentum Sports Group, owners and operators of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, announced that title sponsor, UnitedHealthcare, has extended its support of the program for an additional three years, through the 2017 racing season.
UnitedHealthcare has supported the team since 2009, becoming the title sponsor in 2010. The sponsorship reflects UnitedHealthcare’s mission to help people live healthier lives and creates opportunities to promote the benefits of exercise, nutrition and healthy living to people across the United States and internationally.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team makes frequent appearances at local hospitals, schools and community events throughout the year, while helping to raise funds for the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (www.uhccf.org), a nonprofit public charity that provides medical grants to children in need.
“The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s success in races around the world and engagement in our communities help to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of cycling, a lifelong sport that helps everyone from young children to seniors stay fit and active,” said Steve Nelson of UnitedHealthcare. “We’re honored to continue our support of the team and look forward to celebrating its success in the years ahead.”
This extension grants further consistency to a racing program that has seen great results and steady progress since its inception in 2003. It also guarantees that Momentum Sports Group will continue to provide professional and reliable infrastructure for its growing roster of world-class athletes while creating value and goodwill for its sponsors. With secured financial support comes the confidence to retain existing valued talent and the ability to recruit new talent while working for continued progress on the racing side by earning invitations to an increasing number of cycling’s most prestigious events.
The male riders of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team expanded their European racing schedule in 2014 to participate in multiple WorldTour events, including Milan – San Remo, E3 Harelbeke, Paris-Roubaix and La Fléche Wallonne, while maintaining a strong level of success in the American racing schedule with over 15 victories to date as well as stage wins at the tours of Taiwan and Langkawi.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team also expanded its program for 2014 with the addition of a top-tier women’s roster. In their debut season, the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team have taken overall victories at stage races such as the Tour Femenino de San Luis, Vuelta El Salvador and Tour of the Gila, as well as single-day victories at the Amgen Tour of California, Tour of Utah, and U.S. National Road Race and Time Trial.
With UnitedHealthcare’s continued support of the team and the growing sport of cycling, the program will look to continue this pattern of success and growth.
Momentum Sports Group owner Thierry Attias commented, “UnitedHealthcare has been an ideal partner for this team, as the company is a true supporter of our great sport of cycling. The continued support grants us the stability needed to continue on our trajectory of growth. We’re proud and honored to continue to represent UnitedHealthcare in races and community-engagement events all over the nation and world.”
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
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 7,500 grants valued at over $23 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, donate or learn more, please visit www.UHCCF.org.