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Lewis University in Romeoville to host plane pull on April 27

Lewis University and Republic are the presenting sponsors of the Plane Pull event on April 27 to raise funds and awareness to benefit athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.
Lewis University and Republic are the presenting sponsors of the Plane Pull event on April 27 to raise funds and awareness to benefit athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

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. 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.  

Special Olympics Illinois has held Plane Pull events at O’Hare and in Southern Illinois. Lewis University is now the third location for this event.

Republic operates the Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, a commercial aviation pilot training school in Indianapolis. Training technologies combine flight, flight simulator, online and in-classroom training. For more information, visit flywithlift.com.

For more information, visit soill.org/event/lewis-university-plane-pull or contact Jim Fitzpatrick at 309-888-2010.

For more information about Lewis University, visit lewisu.edu.

For more information about Republic Airways, visit rjet.com.

For more information about Special Olympics Illinois, visit soill.org.

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