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The Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled named 2007 Arizona Benefits winner

Will use $100,000 grant from Humana to transport sports equipment


Friday, November 16, 2007 12:12 pm EST



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PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled (MASD), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation to individuals with any type of disability, has received a $100,000 grant as the winner of the 2007 Arizona Benefits award, funded by The Humana Foundation and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nations largest providers of health insurance and related benefits.

Announcement of the grant was made by Jeff Montag, president of Commercial Products for Humana of Arizona, during the Arizona Benefits Award Celebration Thursday, November 15 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. Two other finalists for the award, Maricopa Health Foundation and Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, received grants of $15,000 and $5,000, respectively, from Humana as second and third place winners.

MASD will use the $100,000 grant to purchase a vehicle and equipment to transport all necessary sports equipment to competitions and local showcases. Through the Arizona Benefits grant, MASD, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, will be able to transport bulky equipment like kayaks and wheelchairs for its approximately 500 local athletes, allowing them to participate in more sports competitions and events.

MASD provides year-round sports training and competition through Special Olympics programs for athletes who are mentally disabled. In addition, sports and recreational activities are provided through the Arizona Heat Physically Challenged Programs for those with physical disabilities

A panel of judges comprised of business and community leaders helped Humana select MASD from a set of three finalists, with each finalist addressing the improvement of the mind, body or spirit through its work.

With all the admirable non-profit work being done in the greater Phoenix area, it was difficult to select just one organization to receive our first Arizona Benefits grant, said Montag of Humana. Thats why we were especially pleased to be able to fund all our two semi-finalists with $10,000 grants. We look forward to seeing MASDs vehicle in the community and know it will make a huge impact in the lives of their athletes who now have more opportunities to be active and play sports.

For more information on Humanas Arizona Benefits, visit www.arizonabenefits.org. Questions can also be directed to Humanas community relations consultant at 480.515.6701.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.3 million medical members. Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health insurance products and related services through traditional and consumer-choice plans to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.

Over its 46-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

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