SNOWMASS, Colo., March 14 Thanks in part to the support ofFifth Third Asset Management, Inc. (FTAM), more than 400 disabled veterans areexpected to ski the Rocky Mountains at the 22nd National Disabled VeteransWinter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., near Aspen, from March 30-April 4. Recently wounded veterans from the War on Terror will participate inthe event, which is the largest annual rehabilitation event of its kind in theworld.
The clinic is open to all U.S. military veterans with spinal cord injuriesor disease, visual impairments, certain neurological conditions, orthopedicamputations or other disabilities, who receive care at Department of VeteransAffairs (VA) health care facilities.
During the six-day program, veterans will learn adaptive Alpine and Nordicskiing and be introduced to a variety of other adaptive activities and sports,such as rock climbing, scuba diving, snowmobiling and sled hockey. The U.S.Secret Service will also teach a course on self-defense for people withdisabilities.
FTAM will provide transportation, meals and incidental expenses for morethan 200 first-time veterans and nearly 30 active duty combat wounded soldierswho attend the Clinic. FTAM will also provide a group of employees tovolunteer throughout the duration of the event.
"Over the past few years, Fifth Third Asset Management, Inc. has been ableto witness the exceptional work of the DAV. The Winter Sports Clinic is afavorite example of the positive impact that they can and do have on ourveterans," said E. Keith Wirtz. President & Chief Investment Officer, FifthThird Asset Management, Inc. "It is a pleasure of our firm to be able toprovide assistance and support to the six-day program."
FTAM is an investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Actof 1940. FTAM is a diversified asset management firm providing investmentadvisory services to institutional investors, private accounts, and mutualfunds offering value, growth, core, and quantitative equity strategies as wellas short-term, intermediate, and core fixed income and specialty incomestrategies.
Through teams of experienced and knowledgeable investment professionals,advanced research resources and a disciplined approach, FTAM's goal is toproduce superior, long-term investment results and client satisfaction.
FTAM is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio with offices in Grand Rapids,Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;and New York, New York. As of December 31, 2007 FTAM had over $22.2 billionin assets under management.
In addition to the generous host sponsorship of FTAM, the event is co-sponsored by the VA and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
"Fifth Third Asset Management's support of the clinic contributes greatlyto our goal of providing quality rehabilitation opportunities for ourparticipants," said Arthur H. Wilson, National Adjutant/CEO of DAV. "I'mexcited that they have come on as a sponsor again this year to prove theircommitment to bettering the lives of our disabled veterans."
The VA (www.va.gov) is a government agency that runs 1,300 health carefacilities for veterans across the United States. DAV (www.dav.org) is anonprofit, Congressionally chartered veterans service organization with amembership of more than 1.3 million wartime disabled veterans. The WinterSports Clinic provides participants with a full range of sports, recreationand educational opportunities.
To learn more about FTAM, visit www.ftam.com.
For more information on the event, visit www.wintersportsclinic.com.
SOURCE Fifth Third Asset Management, Inc.