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DHL Plane Pull Kicks Off Ultimate Tug of War to Raise Money to Support Special Olympics Kentucky

Updated: Wednesday, October 16 2013, 04:03 PM EDT
HEBRON, Ky. (WKRC) -- DHL, the world's leading logistics company , Special Olympics and the CVG Airport are gearing up for the first annual DHL Plane pull by competing in an ultimate tug of war on Saturday, October 19, 2013. More than 25 local businesses and civic groups will show their support for Special Olympics Kentucky by competing to see who can pull one of DHL's Boeing 757s 12 feet in the shortest time. Each team raised a minimum of $1,000 to participate with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Kentucky and its programs for local athletes.

“The DHL Plane Pull is unlike any event we have ever done,” said Travis Cobb, vice president America’s Hubs, Gateways and Network Control at DHL Express, CVG Hub.  “On Saturday you’ll see some great teams flex their muscles for our local athletes. We are proud to collaborate with Special Olympics and the Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport to provide an exciting and meaningful opportunity to raise money for such an important cause.”

At the event, a men’s team, women’s team and co-ed team will be crowned champions for being the fastest to pull the DHL plane 12 feet. Prizes will also be awarded to the top individual fundraiser and top fundraising team, as well as the team that has the best team spirit (usually in the form of a team cheer) and the team with the best team t-shirt. The DHL plane pull will take place on the ramp of the DHL Express Hub. The CVG global hub sits at the heart of the DHL U.S. network with flights connecting customers from over 220 countries and territories worldwide to every corner of the U.S.  In addition to global hubs in Hong Kong and Germany, the CVG hub completes the backbone of the DHL intercontinental network. 

“The community has gone above and beyond this year to show its support for Special Olympics Kentucky, but we still need to generate additional funds to support our efforts in the coming year, including the Young Athletes Program and our Healthy Athletes screening initiatives,” said Julie Goodpaster, special events director at Special Olympics Kentucky.  “We are proud to have the support of so many local organizations who ‘pull’ together for our athletes and their families.”

It’s not too late for organizations to form pull teams of their own.  Interested organizations can contact Paster at 502-695-8222 or   Members of the public can also sponsor their favorite pull team participant, or submit a tax-deductible donation by visiting the contribution page of Special Olympics Kentucky’s website at: The public is also invited to the DHL hub on Saturday to view the competition and share in the fun.

Additional sponsors of the plane pull include Chuy’s, Kentucky Law Enforcement and Levi Strauss & Co.
Plane Pull Event Details Include:

• When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 – Teams must register on-site between 9-11 a.m. EDT, turn in all funds raised, and sign a waiver before pulling. Non-stop plane pull action will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continues all afternoon.

• Where: The plane pull will occur at DHL’s Global Super Hub located at 236 Wendell H Ford Boulevard in Florence, Ky. More than 90 percent of everything shipped in the Americas by DHL travels through CVG on its way to countless international locations and more than 100 DHL gateways in the U.S. This summer DHL celebrated the completion of a significant expansion of the facility and added new connections to Japan and Australia.

• Awards: Teams will be awarded in a number of categories, including the fastest in the co-ed, men’s and women’s divisions, as well as the top team for fundraising, team spirit and best team t-shirt.  The top fundraisers, including the top fundraising Special Olympics Athlete, will also be recognized.

Information from Davies Murphy Group, Inc.


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