Denver, Colo. (August 9, 2014) – Today’s second annual Plane Pull for Special Olympics drew 50 teams and hundreds of volunteers, spectators, Special Olympics athletes, and vendors out to DIA’s Signature Flight Support hangar and adjacent tarmac. It was a tug-
of-war between teams of all ages, up to 25 at a time, and a Boeing 757 of the FedEx fleet. Each team had to bring at least $1,250 to qualify (or $50 per person for individuals looking to join a team).
The law enforcement were out in large numbers to support the cause. The Broomfield Police Department came in as the fastest team to pull the plane 12 feet and take home the coveted FedEx trophy as the fastest Law Enforcement Torch Run team for Special Olympics. Broomfield has the bragging rights for the highest fundraising team with over $5,400 heading into today’s event. All teams can CONTINUE raising the much needed funds for Special Olympics Colorado programs which serve more than 15,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities around the stte by providing sports training, competition, health education and LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS for people 2 1/2 to 80 years old, at no charge. Those interested in donating to Special Olympics Plane Pull or a supporting a specific team can still do so through this week at SpecialOlympicsCO.org.
Last year, the organization was pleased with the turnout, both from a fundraising and participation standpoint. With just under 50 teams last year, the Plane Pull raised $75,600. This year even more participants, of all ages, came out for a one-of-a-kind challenge to support a great cause. The highest fundraiser for the 2014 Plane Pull was Leslie Gordon from HMS Host with $1,950.
Other winners at today’s Plane Pull for Special Olympics Colorado:
Most Team Spirit: Crossfit Evolve
Fastest Aviation Team: JARS
Fastest Overall Team: Team Tom
Fastest Fitness Team: Iron Rebel
The 2014 Plane Pull for Special Olympics Colorado was supported by: FedEx, DIA, Signature Flight Support, AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE, Air Force, HMS Host, KOA Radio, Morgan Awards, Jeppesen (a Boeing Company), and Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Credit Union.
Photo Credits: Special Olympics Colorado/Bill Luster