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4th Annual DHL Plane Pull Raised $68,000 for Special Olympics Kentucky and Its Programs for Young Athletes


DHL, the world's leading logistics company, Special Olympics and the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) Airport teamed up again for the 4th annual DHL Plane Pull event, raising $68,000 for Special Olympics Kentucky and its programs for local athletes. On Saturday, September 17, at the DHL Americas Hub, more than 22 local businesses and civic groups competed in the ultimate tug of war, pulling one of the DHL Boeing 757s - weighing over 140,000 pounds - across the tarmac. The team that pulled the aircraft 12 feet in the shortest time won.

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DHL presents a check for $68,000 to Special Olympics Kentucky and its programs for local athletes on Saturday, September 17. (Photo: Business Wire)

The three teams taking home the top honors were:

  • Men's team winner -- Multi-Color Corporation at 5.02 seconds from Batavia, OH
  • Women's team winner - Pretty Tough From DHL at 5.52 seconds from Cincinnati, OH
  • Co-ed team winner - Fear the Walking Plane (a DHL team) at 6.3 seconds from Cincinnati, OH

"We are excited to announce that this year's DHL Plane Pull exceeded our fundraising goal and that $68,000 will go to Special Olympics and their wonderful athletes," said Joanie Arias, Vice President, DHL Express CVG Americas Hub. "On Saturday, we had some great teams flex their muscles for our local athletes, and you could feel the pride and excitement to raise money for such an important cause."

Each team had 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 8, 000 children and adults in Kentucky with intellectual disabilities.

Some of the programs include Young Athletes Program and the Healthy Athletes screening initiatives.

The DHL plane pull took 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.

The DHL Plane Pull is part of the Deutsche Post DHL Global Volunteer Day activities which encourages employees to support their local communities during the month of September and throughout the year.

"We are very excited to bring the Plane Pull back to DHL this year. DHL is an incredible partner, and the DHL Plane Pull gets better and better each year thanks to their involvement," said Taylor Ballinger, special events director at Special Olympics Kentucky. "This year, we had close to 1,000 participants, spectators, and volunteers at the event. We were thrilled to have so many people out at the DHL Hub to support the work of Special Olympics Kentucky. It was a great event to help our community."

Deutsche Post DHL
U.S. Communications Contacts:
Verena Gross, Cell: 954-415-7358
Corporate Communications - Americas

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