Special Olympics Indiana to Hold 17th Annual Plane Pull Challenge Aug. 25

by | Aug 15, 2018 | Press Room

Presented by FedEx Express, the organization’s largest annual single day fundraiser will once again bring thousands to the Indianapolis International Airport to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics athletes and programs throughout the state.

INDIANAPOLIS — As they have each year for nearly two decades, supporters of Special Olympics Indiana will come together this summer to prove that, for a good cause, pulling a plane is not as hard as it looks.

More than 60 teams of up to 20 members each are expected to take part in the organization’s 2018 Plane Pull Challenge, Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Indianapolis International Airport. Competition begins at 9 a.m., with additional activities and entertainment scheduled throughout the day.

Sponsored by FedEx Express and hosted at the airport’s Postal Hub (2475 S. Hoffman Rd.), the fundraiser calls upon participants to work together to raise a minimum of $1,200 per team in the months leading up to the event before competing against one another to pull an 80-ton Boeing 757 jetliner in the fastest time.

“Some people are intimidated by the idea of taking on an airplane,” said Scott Furnish, senior director of development for Special Olympics Indiana. “But that’s what we love about this event—it has the power to show people how much they can accomplish when every member of a team is pulling in the same direction and working together.”

This year’s field of competitors includes teams representing small businesses and major corporations, local high schools, law enforcement agencies, and others. Members of Team Indiana—the select group of athletes who will represent Indiana at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi—will take part in the competition as a means of raising money to help cover the cost of travel, room and board, and uniforms.

Other activities include a car show, a corn toss tournament, and a family fun festival with food vendors and live music. Admission is free and spectators are welcome. Visit www.planepullin.org to learn more or register a new team.

Special Olympics Indiana is a nonprofit organization that is a part of the global Special Olympics movement, using sport, health, education, and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1969, Special Olympics Indiana has grown to more than 16,000 athletes and unified partners in virtually every county throughout the state. With the support of nearly 10,000 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the participants. Learn more by visiting www.soindiana.org.


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