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A legacy moving through generation after generation.
posted in: Community
by Cody Dees

The Swift legacy

For some, the question “How do you want to be remembered?”, can be difficult to answer. To those wanting to leave a legacy, it comes from a place of passion.

Meet Trent Swift, agency manager for COUNTRY Financial®. He’s passionate about wheelchair basketball and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I), and is helping keep the Swift Legacy alive in the process. Check it out:

Trent recently hosted, “Hoops for Troops”, a wheelchair basketball tournament to raise funds for the Donald W. Swift Scholarship at the University of Illinois. Donald Swift (1924-1993) was the first student using DRES (Disability Resources & Educational Services) to graduate from the U of I. Donald was Trent’s grandfather.

Nearly 100 COUNTRY representatives participated in the basketball tournament, helping raise nearly $15,000!

Mom always said to put yourself in their shoes.

The COUNTRY representatives who participated in the tournament, really participated.

Take a look:

COUNTRY Financial representatives playing wheelchair basketball
COUNTRY Financial team posing for group photo
COUNTRY Financial team holding a trophy
COUNTRY Financial group crowded listening to a speaker in the gymnasium

Our people are passionate and give back to their communities in meaningful ways. We asked Trent what community means to him and he replied:

It means finding something you’re passionate about and trying to make your community a better place today than it was yesterday.”

At COUNTRY Financial, we’re in the business of helping people achieve a better tomorrow. We’re proud to see this happen in more ways than one.

Want to learn more about the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services at University of Illinois? Head on over to their website at

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