Name of Event: Special Olympics North Carolina Plane Pull®
Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 29, 2022
Location: Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) invites the public to attend the 2022 Plane Pull fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, as participants have raised more than $100,000 in support of Special Olympics North Carolina. A unique team building activity for groups, this event requires participants to come together as a team to pull an airplane 25 feet. Five-person teams will compete to see who can pull a 40,000-pound plane the fastest. Each five-person team has raised a minimum of $800 to qualify.
The following prizes will be awarded the day of the event: Top Individual Fundraiser, Top Team Fundraiser, Best Event-Themed T-shirt, Best Spirit-Themed T-shirt and Top Team/Group Halloween Costume. Division winners will receive a division championship wrestling belt and team trophies.
The public is invited to participate in event festivities, including music, food trucks, kids’ activities, games, a T-shirt design contest and a raffle.
One of SONC’s signature fundraising special events, the Plane Pull involves up to 400 participants who raise over $100,000 annually for SONC. This event is made possible by presenting sponsor, Credit Suisse, and partners, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, American Airlines, Envoy Air Inc., United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS), Sheetz and Dunkin’.
“RDU is proud to continue its support of Special Olympics North Carolina by hosting the 2022 Plane Pull,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “We enjoy the spirit of competition, but we also know we are all winners when we team up to help Special Olympics athletes in our communities.”
The Plane Pull is one of the many fundraising initiatives championed by the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, the largest year-round public awareness and grass-roots fundraising campaign for Special Olympics. Fundraising events, including the Plane Pull, raise more than $1.3 million annually for SONC.
“We’re so fortunate that Credit Suisse, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, UPS, American Airlines, Envoy and all of our Plane Pull participants are allowing us to continue the 23-year tradition of this unique community fundraiser for Special Olympics North Carolina,” said Keith L. Fishburne, SONC president/CEO. “Since no Special Olympics athlete is ever asked to pay for their participation in our sports and health programs, Special Olympics athletes all over North Carolina will benefit from the great generosity of all the people and businesses that have supported the 2022 SONC Plane Pull.”
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics North Carolina
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international fundraising campaign for Special Olympics. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 5.4 million children and adults around the world who have intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics in North Carolina, making it one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is officially endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the National Association of School Resource Officers, NC Association of School Resource Officers, NC Department of Justice and the NC Department of Public Safety.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 20 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.