Textron Aviation launches Special Olympics Airlift in support of 2022 USA Games
Textron Aviation has launched its signature industry endeavor - the Special Olympics Airlift (SOA) - and has begun its call for Cessna Citation, Beechcraft King Air, Beechcraft Premier, Beechjet and Hawker owners and operators to help transport more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from across the nation to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida.
“Textron Aviation, along with our many generous customers and supporters, is extremely excited to kick off the eighth Special Olympics Airlift in support of providing athletes and coaches transportation to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation.
Textron Aviation President & CEO Ron Draper (pictured third from left) with Special Olympics Kansas athletes.
“This signature event is a unique opportunity that enables everyone, from our employees to our customers, to ignite our shared passion for lifting others up and supporting our communities by giving the athletes the joy of a once-in-a-lifetime aviation experience.”
Since the first Special Olympics Airlift in 1987, nearly 10,000 athletes and coaches from across the United States have been transported to Special Olympics World Games and USA Games. With this eighth SOA, Textron Aviation aims to recruit 228 aircraft owners by February 28th 2022, to help transport a portion of the over 4,000 athletes and coaches invited to Orlando, Florida on June 4th 2022, and then return them to their home bases on June 12th.
Owners and operators in every state are needed to donate the use of the following aircraft:
In addition to aircraft, pilots, fuel and in-kind support are requested for the airlift efforts. While the 2022 USA Games are located in the Southeast, thousands of athletes and coaches will travel from all over the US as well as the Caribbean and Puerto Rico to attend.
“Traveling to Orlando for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games may be the first time some of our athletes ever leave their hometown, let alone fly on an airplane,” said Tony Wyllie, regional president, Special Olympics North America. “The travel experience provided by Textron Aviation and its customers will be the ultimate bookends for one unforgettable week.”
For more information and/or to register to be a part of this monumental nationwide aviation event, visit www.txtav.com/airlift.
Learn more about the Games at https://www.2022specialolympicsusagames.org/.
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 25th March 2021 | Issue #598