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August 28, 2012

Pulling together

New events highlight charity plane pull

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INDIANAPOLIS —

Pilots in the cockpits of the plane apply the brakes to make it stop.

Last year, DeKlyen said, the one-day event raised $131,000 for Special Olympics.

Scott Furnish, also of Special Olympics Indiana, added, “The Plane Pull has grown to become our largest single-day fundraiser of the year. We’re very excited to celebrate our 11th anniversary with the event and our partnership with FedEx.”

DeKlyen said it’s the event’s uniqueness that brings out the donors.

“I think it’s that people love unique fundraisers and this is one of the wackiest ones around,” she said. “But it also serves the Special Olympics cause. Everyone can relate to our athletes who are just trying to do their best. And even though they may have intellectual disabilities, they want to participate in sports like you and I.

“We have 10 state championships that we put on throughout the year and the funds go toward that. It also goes to serve over 11,000 athletes that we have throughout the state of Indiana. Each year, the Special Olympics puts on over 2,500 events. Almost every day of the year, Special Olympics is either competing or training for a particular sport. We follow the same sports calendar that high school follows, so we have basketball in March and track and field at the beginning of June.”

For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, visit the website at soiindiana.org.

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