Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples establishes agreement to support Puerto Rican Paralympic sports
By The Star Staff
Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico (CSM) signed a sponsorship agreement with the Puerto Rico Paralympic Committee (COPAPUR by its Spanish initials) earlier this week.
“This sponsorship is a reflection of the spirit and essence of the cooperative movement: believing in the ability of each and every one of us to overcome obstacles and achieve excellence,” CSM President Luis Cordero Rivera said in a written statement on Tuesday. “At Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples, we recognize that inclusion and mutual support are fundamental pillars for building a more just and equitable society. This initiative is a testament to our commitment to those ideals, and to the unwavering potential of our Puerto Rican para-athletes.”
The pact with the nonprofit brings together eight federations dedicated to high-performance sports for athletes diagnosed with a disability. COPAPUR is a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), which represents more than 175 countries globally, and has the mandate to implement the IPC’s public policies in Puerto Rico.
As part of the sponsorship, CSM made a monetary contribution and supported the production of videos that highlight the commitment, determination and pride of five outstanding Puerto Rican para-athletes: Oscar Luis Fontán Vélez (taekwondo), Luis Jabdiel Pérez Díaz (judo), Shaquille Joel Rivera Vicente (table tennis) and Yaimillie Marie Díaz Colón along with Anssell Roberto Miranda Martínez (track and field). The videos have the primary objective of making visible and exalting the effort that the athletes put into representing the island with dignity in high-level international competitions.
“The Paralympic movement seeks to achieve the highest values of a society and this is achieved through the discipline that sport teaches us,” COPAPUR President Dr. Germán Pérez Rodríguez said. “It is an honor to have the support of Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples. We share high social values and together we are contributing to making visible the potential of people who are diagnosed with a disability. Sport is the best means of social inclusion.”
CSM also has opened the doors of its facilities to host important events organized by COPAPUR such as preparation guidance for the next Parapan American Games to be held Nov. 17-26 in Santiago, Chile.