Pull a Plane at Lewis University to Support Special Olympics

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Pull a Plane at Lewis University to Support Special Olympics Illinois

Published: March 25, 2019.

     The ultimate tug-of-war competition is looking for teams to battle in pulling a 24-ton Republic Airways jet. Lewis University and Republic are the presenting sponsors of the Plane Pull event to raise funds and awareness to benefit athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

      The Plane Pull is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27, 2019, at Lewis University Airport, 1 George J. Michas Drive in Romeoville, Ill. Spectators are encouraged to attend and watch this momentous competition.

      Each team must raise a minimum of $500 to participate. Teams consist of a maximum of 10 members but can choose to pull with fewer than 10, if desired. Groups compete to pull the plane 12 feet in the fastest time. All proceeds collected through the Plane Pull benefit the more than 23,000 traditional athletes and over 17, 000 young athletes (ages 2-7) currently participating with Special Olympics Illinois.

      Teams can compete in one of three divisions:

• Open Division: Ideal for companies, school teams, clubs, friends and families.

• Public Safety Division: Law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, EMT, DNR, DOC and military personnel. Teams need to have at least five public safety competitors to qualify for this division.

• Lewis University Division: A division created solely for students, staff and alumni of Lewis University. Teams need to have at least five competitors affiliated with Lewis University to qualify for this division.

      “This is a great opportunity for a group to make a difference in the lives of athletes in the Special Olympics of Illinois,” said Eric Jones, co-chair and assistant professor of the Aviation and Transportation Department at Lewis University.

      For more information, visit https://www.soill.org/event/lewis-university-plane-pull or contact Jim Fitzpatrick of Special Olympics Illinois at 309-888-2010.


      About Lewis University: Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

      About Republic Airways: Founded in 1974, Republic Airways is one of the largest regional airlines in the U.S. Republic operates a fleet of about 190 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with about 1,000 daily flights to 100 cities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its codeshare partners’ brands: American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs about 6,000 aviation professionals. Learn more at www.rjet.com.

      In May 2018, Republic opened the Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, a commercial aviation pilot training school in Indianapolis. LIFT uses state-of-the-art training technologies that combine flight, flight simulator, online and in-classroom training. Graduates are guaranteed a job as First Officer at Republic. Learn more at www.flywithlift.com.

      About Special Olympics Illinois: Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 17,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency or visit our website at www.soill.org. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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