Sun Life Financial Finds Oregon Sports Injuries Cause Nearly 30,000 Emergency Room Visits Annually – Nearly Half by Youth

Study Explores Injury Risk and Medical Cost of Popular Team Sports

Wellesley, MA – The U.S. business group of Sun Life Financial Inc. projects that Oregon athletes will make 27,000 emergency room visits this year due to sports injuries, nearly half experienced by athletes age 22 and younger.

By correlating sports injury rates to participation levels of amateur athletes, Sun Life projected the total number of emergency room visits caused by each of seven popular Oregon team sports: baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The study also analyzed per person emergency room medical costs on a national basis for thirteen popular sports.

Sun Life conducted the study to educate workers and their employers about the risk and cost of sports injuries amidst the rising popularity of high deductible health insurance plans. Twenty percent of U.S. workers covered by employer-sponsored health insurance have a high deductible plan with a savings option, a five-fold increase in seven years.

  • Basketball is projected to send the most Oregonians (approximately 9,700 out of 240,000 participants) to the emergency room this year, at an average per player medical cost of $3,764.
  • Football is projected to send the second highest number of Oregonians (approximately 9,400 out of 110,000 participants) to the emergency room this year, at an average per player medical cost of $4,494.
  • Soccer is projected to send the third highest number of Oregonians (approximately 3,000 out of 110,000 participants) to the emergency room, at an average per player medical cost of $4,284.
  • Though over twice as many Oregonians play basketball(243,000) than football (111,000), the two sports have nearly the same amount of ER injuries because the gridiron’s higher injury rate (8.5%) dwarfs basketball’s (4%).
  • More Oregonians play volleyball(114,000) than either soccer (110,000) or football (also 110,000). Yet volleyball’s lower injury rate means Oregon volleyball players experience far fewer injuries than soccer or football players.
  • A household has a fifty percent chanceof experiencing an emergency room injury within five years if just a single family member plays football, ice hockey and soccereach year.
  • A household has a fifty percent chanceof experiencing an emergency room injury within three years if family members play a total of seven team sports each year.

“A lot of Oregonians end up in the emergency room each year due to sports injuries,” said Mark Ruybal, Sun Life’s Pacific Northwest Group Market Manager, Assistant Vice President of Distribution. “Medical treatment can easily run into the thousands of dollars, meaning a family with high deductible health insurance could be out $4,000 or more in aggregate deductibles before their insurance kicks in, while someone with single high deductible medical coverage might be out $2,000.”

Sun Life offers two Group and Voluntary Accident insurance plans, including a Preferred Plan, which offers a robust benefits schedule geared to employees with active lifestyles and families with athletes who play sports with higher rates of injury, and an Essential Plan, which offers a straightforward plan design and streamlined benefits schedule geared to younger workers and employees with low savings.

“As more workers adopt high deductible health insurance, we want people to understand how to protect themselves and their families against the financial risks of an injury,” said Brenda Randall, Sun Life’s Pacific Northwest Voluntary Benefits Practice Leader, “whether due to recreation or a random accident.”

For more information, see Sun Life Financial’s Sports Injury Highlights.


About Sun Life Accident Insurance
Accident insurance is a limited benefit coverage. It provides accident coverage only. It does not provide basic hospital, basic medical, or major medical insurance. The certificate has limitations and exclusions that may affect any benefits payable. Benefits payable are subject to all terms and obligations of the certificate. Sun Life’s Accident Insurance product is not available in all states. Benefits sales professionals should call their Sun Life group representative for more information.

About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. The Sun Life Financial group of companies operates under the “Sun Life Financial” name strictly as a marketing name, and no legal significance is expressed or implied. Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Bermuda. In the United States and elsewhere, insurance products are offered by members of the Sun Life Financial group that are insurance companies. In the United States, Sun Life Financial provides a range of products and services to employers and their employees, including Group and Voluntary Accident, Critical Illness, Dental, Disability, Life, and Stop-Loss insurance products. Product offerings may not be available in all states and may vary depending on state laws and regulations. Sun Life Financial Inc., the holding company for the Sun Life Financial group of companies, is a public company. It is not an insurance company and does not offer insurance products for sale in the United States or elsewhere, and does not guarantee the obligations of its insurance company subsidiaries. Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE), and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF. For more information, please visit

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John Gates, Elevate Communications: 617-548-8972,

Bostonians to Recreate Goya Masterpiece as Santander Hosts Interactive “Paint-By-Goya” Community Mural Event in Copley Square

Local Artist Commissioned to Replicate “The Parasol” in Grand Scale; Boston Residents and
Visitors Invited to Grab a Paint Brush, Add Some Color, and Leave Their Marks in Celebration
of Santander’s Sponsorship of Goya Retrospective Exhibition at the MFA

Santander Bank N.A., through Fundación Banco Santander in Madrid, the lead sponsor of the Francisco Goya retrospective, “Goya: Order & Disorder,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) presents a large scale, interactive “Paint-By-Goya” community mural project that brings Goya to the masses and allows Bostonians and visitors to leave their brush mark on a modern interpretation of a famed work of art. The mural will serve as a local link to the only showcasing of this comprehensive collection of Goya’s masterpieces ever gathered on such a large scale.

An 8-foot by 12-foot canvas replica of the Spanish master’s classic, “The Parasol,” (from the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid) created by Somerville artist James Weinberg will be on display in Boston’s Copley Square. Boston residents and visitors are invited to contribute to the signature piece by following a numerical color key and adding the corresponding color to the mural to help complete this community work of art. The community “Paint-By-Goya” mural is inspired by the 170 paintings, prints, and drawings of Goya’s work that are included in the exhibition “Goya: Order and Disorder” on view at the MFA now through January 19, 2015.

Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th
Recommended media attendance: 11am – 3pm

Copley Square (between Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library)
560 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

“We designed the mural project to draw attention to the arts and give the public the experience of viewing and painting one of Goya’s masterpieces,” said Peter R. Greiff, Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Santander.  “This project brings the community together to create and appreciate art and is one of the many ways in which we show our commitment to Boston and New England.”


About Santander Bank
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the largest retail banks in the United States by deposits.  Its main corporate offices are in Boston and it operates principally in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander’s 9,703 employees serve its 1.8 million customers through the Bank’s 703 branches, 2,092 ATMs, call centers, website and mobile app. Supervised by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Santander in the United States is a wholly-owned, financially autonomous subsidiary of Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), a global commercial and retail bank. For more information about Santander, visit or call 877-768-2265.

Media Contact
Erin Evanoka, Elevate Communications: 646-456-9649,

400,000 Spectators Line the Banks of Boston’s Charles River During 50th Annual Head Of The Charles® Regatta

More than 11,000 athletes from around the globe race in 61 events during world’s largest rowing Regatta

The monumental 50th Annual Head Of The Charles Regatta, presented by BNY Mellon, will draw athletes and spectators to a three-mile stretch of Boston’s historic Charles River during the two-day event. Spectators will flock to the riverbanks for this milestone to watch male and female rowers compete in 61 competitive races, while taking in the sights and sounds of the scenic area that has captivated millions since the Regatta’s inception in 1964.

The Head Of The Charles Regatta is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Please consider mentioning 50th Head of the Charles Regatta when delivering the weather forecast for this weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

Saturday, October 18, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 19, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Charles River, Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts
Download the 2012 map here

Start: Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse
619 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Finish: Artesani Park
1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA


About The Head Of The Charles Regatta:
In its 50th year, the Head Of The Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day regatta, attracting more than 11,000 rowers and 400,000 spectators to the banks of the Charles River. Racing takes place on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Regatta attracts youth, collegiate, masters, international, World Champion and Olympic athletes competing in 61 events. Follow the HOCR on Facebook and Twitter.

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Former Navy SEALs; Wall Street Businessmen to Run in Greenland’s Polar Circle Marathon

Athletes raise funds to support the Navy SEAL Foundation in “The Coolest Marathon on Earth”

Former Navy SEALs Mike Martin and Brian Hoke, along with a team of corporate citizens will brave the elements and race in the 2014 Polar Circle Marathon on October 26th. This race, often referred to as “The Coolest Marathon on Earth,” sends runners through the arctic tundra just north of the Polar Circle in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Team captain Rob Vogel of Whitebox Advisors generously underwrote this expedition and will lead his team on this frigid race to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation, which provides immediate, ongoing and unwavering support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. The team hopes to raise $100,000 to benefit the Foundation, in tandem with the NYC Dinner Gala on December 4th, where the team will be in attendance.

In addition to Vogel, former Navy SEALs Brian Hoke and Mike Martin will be joining the Navy SEAL Foundation team, along with civilians including: Mark Edgar of Nomura Securities, Jacob Mercer and John Wood of Whitebox Advisors and Chris Biasotti of BlackRock Financial Management.

The unusual race takes runners through the vast icy tundra of Greenland where they must persevere in extreme weather conditions. The route includes glacier tongues and moraine landscapes through a silent, arctic desert, giving runners the opportunity to experience a challenging physical feat in one of the most remote corners of the world.

To donate to the Navy SEAL Foundation Team, please visit here. For more information about the race, visit the event’s website.

About Navy SEAL Foundation
The Navy SEAL Foundation serves one noble purpose: to provide immediate, ongoing and unwavering support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. The Foundation coordinates closely with NSW commands to support the critical needs of active-duty operators, while also providing resources for NSW veterans. The Foundation’s work is focused on five key areas: warrior support and family services; educational opportunities; legacy preservation programs; tragedy assistance and survivor support. To learn more, visit or

New England Revolution Stars & Wives to Strut on the Runway at The Langham, Boston for Boston Fashion Week

Jermaine Jones and New England Revolution Players to Model Boden Attire for Fashion Show


  • Jermaine Jones
  • Darrius Barnes
  • Teal Bunbury
  • Charlie Davies
  • Daigo Kobayshi
  • Lee Nguyen
  • Kelyn Rowe

Players from the New England Revolution will model in a fashion show showing off attire from British clothing retailer Boden alongside team members’ wives and girlfriends on Wednesday, October 8. Proceeds from the event will be going to The Ellie Fund and hair and make-up will be provided by Dellaria Salons & Spa.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6:30 p.m. VIP Reception and player interview availability
7:30 p.m. General Admission
8:00 p.m. Fashion show begins

BOND at The Langham, Boston
250 Franklin St.
Boston, MA 02110


About The New England Revolution
The New England Revolution is the Northeast region’s premier professional soccer team, owned and operated by the Kraft Family, which also owns and operates the New England Patriots of the National Football League, and Gillette Stadium, the home of the club. A founding member of the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer in 1996, the Revolution has played in the MLS Cup championship match four times – including three straight from 2005 to 2007 – while advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship game in an MLS-record six straight years (2002-07). The Revolution also won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and the 2008 SuperLiga titles. For more information, visit, or interact with the Revolution on its various social media platforms: Twitter (@NERevolution), Facebook (NERevolution), Google+ (+NERevolution), Instagram (NERevolution), Vine (NERevolution), Pinterest (NERevolution) or YouTube (NERevolutionSoccer).

About The Ellie Fund
The Ellie Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that fights breast cancer by easing its effects on patients and families. The Ellie Fund does this by providing critical support services including transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries, and nutritious prepared/delivered meals free of charge to hundreds of women and family members across Massachusetts each year.

About Boden
Boden’s uniquely British brand of fashion makes life lovelier for the whole family. If you believe that a great outfit is the start to a great day, our British take on style could be right up your street. You’ll find flattering fits, fabulous fabrics, unique prints and colours that will make you feel happy.

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