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The Hartford Extends Partnership With U.S. Paralympics Through 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games



  The Hartford Extends Partnership With U.S. Paralympics Through 2016 Rio de
  Janeiro Paralympic Games

Founding partner reaffirms nearly two decades of support for elite athletes

Business Wire

HARTFORD, Conn. -- October 16, 2012

The Hartford and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) today announced
The Hartford has renewed its sponsorship of U.S. Paralympics, a division of
the USOC dedicated to recruiting and training elite athletes with physical
disabilities. The Hartford, which began a founding partnership of U.S.
Paralympics in 2003, will continue as the Official Disability Insurance
Sponsor of U.S. Paralympics through 2016.

“The partnership between The Hartford, with our focus on achievement and
ability, and the U.S. Paralympic team is a natural fit,” said Mike Concannon,
executive vice president of Group Benefits for The Hartford. “We have been a
strong supporter of U.S. Paralympic athletes since 1994, and are proud to
continue our partnership of helping individuals break through physical
limitations to achieve greatness.”

“The Hartford has had a tremendous impact on the Paralympic movement in the
United States,” said Charlie Huebner, U.S. Olympic Committee Chief of
Paralympics. “Throughout its long history with U.S. Paralympics, including
more than 15 years of sponsoring programs, organizations and world-class
athletes, the company has been a true leader and we are proud that our great
partnership will continue.”

As part of the partnership, The Hartford sponsors and organizes more than 200
events featuring U.S. Paralympic athletes throughout the United States
annually. These events provide a terrific opportunity for The Hartford’s
employees, clients and agency partners to share a meaningful experience in the
course of everyday business. These events also create educational
opportunities across the U.S. to promote awareness – particularly within the
business community – about the value that employees with disabilities bring to
the workplace.

Events include The Hartford’s Paralympic Experiences, in which able-bodied
professionals experience what it’s like to overcome a physical limitation to
achieve success. In conjunction with the London 2012 Paralympic Games, The
Hartford launched the Achieve Without Limits Campaign to give consumers the
opportunity to engage with elite U.S. Paralympic athletes, to be inspired by
the athletes’ stories, and understand what it means to achieve without limits.

“The Hartford’s continued support of U.S. Paralympics, and athletes like
myself, allows us to become better athletes, focus on our athletic goals, and
reach for our dreams,” said Melissa Stockwell, a U.S. Army veteran and
paratriathlete who is training for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.
“Through The Hartford’s programs and events, we’re not only raising awareness
of U.S. Paralympics, but also showing everyone how athletes with disabilities
are able to strive for goals with no boundaries and achieve what may seem
impossible.”

The Paralympic Games are the Olympic equivalent for athletes with physical
disabilities and take place following the Olympic Games in the same host city
and athletic venues. More than 4,600 athletes competed in the London 2012
Paralympic Games. For more information on U.S. Paralympics, visit
http://www.usparalympics.org.

About The Hartford

The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG) is a leading provider
of insurance and wealth management services for millions of consumers and
businesses worldwide. The Hartford is consistently recognized for its superior
service, its sustainability efforts and as one of the world's most ethical
companies. More information on the company and its financial performance is
available at www.thehartford.com. Join us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/TheHartford. Follow us on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/TheHartford.

About the USOC

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Olympic
Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National
Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible
for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic,
Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while
serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements throughout the
country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org and USParalympics.org.

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Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking
statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
We caution investors that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees
of future performance, and actual results may differ materially. Investors
should consider the important risks and uncertainties that may cause actual
results to differ. These important risks and uncertainties include those
discussed in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our 2011 Annual Report on
Form 10-K and the other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. We assume no obligation to update this release, which speaks as of
the date issued.

Contact:

Media Contacts
The Hartford:
Thomas Hambrick, 860-547-9746
Thomas.hambrick@thehartford.com
or
USOC:
Jeannine Hansen, 719-866-2115
Jeannine.hansen@usoc.org
or
Investor Contact
The Hartford:
Sabra Purtill, 860-547-8691
sabra.purtill@thehartford.com
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