adaptive sports

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JULY 13, 2012                                                      



AbilityPLUS Volunteer Jay Toohey Honored  As Cigna Volunteer Of The Year

BLOOMFIELD, CT, July 13, 20012—Jay Toohey, a Cigna Marketing Director from Enfield, CT, was honored at Cigna Health Insurance Company headquarters as the Cigna Volunteer of the Year for his work with AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports. He volunteers at the organization’s Mount Snow, Vermont adaptive program.

“People like Jay are the heart of our company,” said Cigna CEO David Cordani during an awards ceremony

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Cigna CEO David Cordani presents Volunteer of the Year
award to AbilityPLUS volunteer Jay Toohey

luncheon. “He exemplifies our dedication to helping people achieve their full potential no matter what obstacles they may face. We’re proud to honor Jay and help AbilityPLUS reach more people who may face extraordinary challenges.”


The award includes a $5,000 Cigna donation to AbilityPLUS  and a personal award of $2,500 to Toohey. The Cigna Volunteer of the Year is chosen by the Cigna Foundation with the Points of Light Hands On Network from twelve volunteers recognized monthly throughout the year.


Toohey was inspired to volunteer with AbilityPLUS in 2009 after he learned of the group’s work through a friend of his son. The friend, 16-year-old Andrew Haraghey, is an AbilityPLUS Alpine Race Team member who now is vying for a spot on the 2014 U.S. Paralympics team. Andrew has cerebral palsy.


 “My son Brendan has been friends with Andrew since grammar school. When I saw Andrew ski for the first time I was amazed at how well he could ski and at the freedom he enjoyed while on the slopes,” said Toohey. “I talked with his mother about how he learned through adaptive ski lessons and that’s what drew me to AbilityPLUS.”


“The dedication, leadership and inspiration Jay provides to AbilityPLUS participants, staff and volunteers is immeasurable,” said AbilityPLUS  Board Chair Mark Shepherd. “It is an honor to our organization that Cigna recognizes the value of Jay’s work for adaptive sports programs.”


Cigna’s commitment to volunteerism and active lifestyle choices for all begins at the top. David Cordani is a tri-athlete who in January ran the Walt Disney World half marathon as a guide/partner with a U.S. Marine who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. The event was presented by Cigna.


AbilityPLUS , a 501(c)(3), provides athletic and recreational programs year ‘round from its facilities at Mount Snow, Vermont and Wildcat Mountain and Attitash Resort in New Hampshire, with affiliate and special programs throughout New England.  AbilityPLUS offers adaptive sports opportunities for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. The programs are designed to create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, emotional and athletic potential. AbilityPLUS is a Chapter of Disabled Sports, USA and is a US Paralympics Sport Club. For more information visit or call (800) 287-8415 x103


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