Utah children and adults with disabilities get taken out to the ballgame

Salt Lake Bees put special needs families center stage at Spring Mobile Ballpark

Salt Lake City, UT  •  July 2, 2009― When children or adults have special needs, their parents or caregivers can have special fears about their future care, finances, happiness and independence.

But families in the state of Utah will take a break from that anxiety on July 8th during a trip to the Spring Mobile Ballpark to see the Salt Lake Bees take on the Colorado Springs Skysox. The Salt Lake Bees, MassMutual Financial Group, and EP Global Communications are making this trip to the ball park possible by donating at least 250 tickets, although double that amount of been requested, to special needs families so they can attend the game.

“This is much more than a trip to the ballpark. It’s a loud and clear statement that people with disabilities are an important part of our community,” said Bret Hortin, Agency Special Needs Planner, at Intermountain Financial Group, LLC, the Salt Lake City general agency of MassMutual.

Parents raising children with autism are very concerned about the future independence, quality of life, social and inter-personal connections, employment and housing opportunities for their children, according to a December 2008 Living with Autism study by Harris Interactive, MassMutual and Easter Seals.

These parents also say they’re “financially drowning” and don’t know where to turn for help. The study found parents afraid their family will fall short of cash when they need it most – to care for their children and retire.

“Taking in a ballgame won’t erase their fears or the challenges these families face, but the spirit and symbolism of hundreds of people going to a ballgame together shows people with disabilities and their families are not alone and they play a critical role in their community,” said Todd A. Reid, JD, CLF, General Agent

MassMutual and its agencies are holding these ball park events across the country this spring and summer. They’re called Disability Awareness Nights (DAN) and are done in collaboration with Exceptional Parent Magazine.

“DAN events are important because parents who have children with special needs are not only struggling to manage their finances and care for their children – they’re trying to give their children typical life experiences, like making friends, or simply enjoying a day at the ballpark,” said Todd Reid.

People with disabilities are a special focus for MassMutual and its SpecialCare planners across the country. The Special Care Planner receives advanced training and information in estate and tax planning concepts, special needs trusts, government programs, and the emotional dynamics of working with people with disabilities and other special needs and their families. The certificate program is offered by The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA exclusively for MassMutual financial professionals.

“We’re advocates for people with disabilities and other special needs. There is no reason why they should live in fear or isolation; helping them improve their quality of life is a top priority for MassMutual,” said John Chandler, MassMutual senior vice president.

For more information on MassMutual’s SpecialCareSM program contact the Special Care Planning team at Intermountain Financial Group at 801-453-2264 or visit www.massmutual.com/specialcare



About MassMutual
MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual and its subsidiaries had more than $360 billion in assets under management at year-end 2008. Assets under management include assets and certain external investment funds managed by MassMutual’s subsidiaries.

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a mutually owned financial protection, accumulation and income management company headquartered in Springfield, Mass. MassMutual’s major affiliates include: OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MML Investors Services, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC (www.finra.org and www.sipc.org); MassMutual International LLC and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.   MassMutual is on the Internet at www.massmutual.com.

About Intermountain Financial Group, LLC:


For more than 156 years, local residents and businesses rely on Intermountain Financial Group to help them secure their financial futures. The company has been in awarded the Work/Life Award by the Utah Department of Workforce Services in 2008 and 2007 naming them one of Utah’s best places to work and the national Sloan When Work Works award in 2008 and nominated again in 2009. The company currently has offices in Salt Lake City, Utah; St. George, Utah; and Provo, Utah. The agency boasts over $530 million assets serviced as of year-end 2008.


About Intermountain Financial Group, LLC
Our company is built on a solid foundation of excellent client service and in-depth industry knowledge. Our focus is helping you improve your quality of life through financial peace of mind. We offer a wide variety of products and services to help you solve today’s personal and business financial problems and to prepare for the future. For more than a century, the Intermountain Financial Group/MassMutual (IFG) www.intermountainfinancialgroup.com has provided a comprehensive offering of a diverse array of products, including life insurance, annuities, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement planning products, mutual funds, and access to money management to individuals and businesses in Utah and most of United States. IFG currently has offices in Salt Lake City, Provo, and St. George, Utah. IFG has also been recognized as one of the best places to work in Utah by the Work/Life Awards Committee for 2011, 2010, 2008, and 2007 and the national Sloan When Work Works award in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

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