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4th annual DHL Plane Pull to raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky and their young athletes

DHL hopes to raise $50,000

ERLANGER, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2016) – DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, Special Olympics and the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport are teaming up again for the 4th annual DHL Plane Pull event to raise funds for Special Olympics Kentucky and its programs for local athletes.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, starting at 11 a.m. at the DHL Americas Hub, more than 25 local businesses and civic groups will compete in the ultimate tug of war, pulling one of the DHL Boeing 737 – weighing over 140,000 pounds – across the tarmac. The team that pulls the aircraft 12 feet in the shortest time wins. Local radio personality, Jenn Fritsch from Q102, Cincinnati’s Hit Music station, will be on site to emcee this exciting event.

Each team has to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate and all proceeds help provide sports programs, health services, early childhood programs and community building programs serving children and adults in Kentucky with intellectual disabilities.

Some of the programs include Young Athletes Program and the Healthy Athletes screening initiatives. All funds raised to support the programs of Special Olympics Kentucky will benefit 8,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities annually.

“We are excited to once again collaborate with Special Olympics with our annual DHL Plane Pull,” said Joanie Arias, Vice President, DHL Express CVG Americas Hub. “On Saturday you’ll see some great teams flex their muscles for our local athletes. We are proud 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 a 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 hub, one of three global hubs, sits at the heart of the DHL Americas network with 50 arriving and departing flights daily connecting customers from over 220 countries and territories worldwide.


It’s not too late for the public to sponsor their favorite pull team participant, or submit a tax-deductible donation by visiting the contribution page of Special Olympics Kentucky’s website at: http://www.soky.org/ individual. The public is also invited to the DHL hub on Saturday to view the competition and share in the fun.


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