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Football Team Helps Raise Funds for Special Olympics

August 28, 2012

"DePauw football players (from left) Sam Sheldon, Kody Bontreger, and Daniel Furman put their all into trying to pull a FedEx 747 plane during the Plane Pull Challenge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana this past weekend," reads a caption to a photo published in the Hendricks County Flyer.

The newspaper's Bart Doan reports, "Scores of people participated in this year’s edition of the Plane Pull Challenge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana held over the weekend at the former Indianapolis International Airport grounds. This was the 11th year for the event that challenges teams to pull a FedEx 747 weighing more than 164,000 pounds ... Teams of 20 were each paired with a Special Olympics athlete to pull the plane 12 feet."

"The Plane Pull has grown to become our largest single-day fundraiser of the year," says Scott Furnish of Special Olympics Indiana, who notes the event brought in $131,000 last year.

Access the article at the newspaper's website.

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