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April 10, 2012
University of Dubuque Aviation Students to Host Special Olympics Fundraiser

The University of Dubuque Women in Aviation chapter will host a fire truck and airplane pull benefitting the Iowa Special Olympics.  The event will take place on Sunday, April 15 at the Dubuque Regional Airport.  Registration is from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; pulling begins at 12:15 p.m. 

"The Women in Aviation - University of Dubuque Chapter consists of members who are passionate about pursuing personal goals. For most of our members that passion has consisted of aviation pursuits," stated Polly Kadolph, University of Dubuque chapter advisor. "We admire the enthusiasm the Iowa Special Olympics athletes exude every year and wanted to provide a fun physical challenge for people in our community. The group is excited to host a unique competition to support the activities of the Iowa Special Olympics."

Teams of four pullers can register to participate in the fire truck pull.  Each team will have three opportunities to pull the fire truck 50 feet in the shortest time.  The first place team will be awarded a prize of $200; second place will be awarded $50.  Individual pullers can register to participate in the airplane pull.  Each individual will have two opportunities to pull the plane 50 feet - the fastest combined time will be named the winner.  The first place team for the airplane pull will be awarded a prize of $50.  Teams can register on the day of the event; however, pre-notification is requested.  The cost to participate is $5.00 per person, per team.  A person may participate on more than one team.  Proceeds from the registration fees will benefit the Iowa Special Olympics, with the team who raises the most money for the Special Olympics earning a prize.

Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive, and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics.  Currently, Special Olympics Iowa serves nearly 11,000 Iowans with intellectual disabilities, participants, and Unified Sports Partners. 

Women in Aviation, International  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. WAI began in 1990 and was formally established in 1994 to encourage women to seek opportunities in aviation. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, of the nearly 700,000 active pilots in the United States, less than six percent are women and only slightly more than two percent are Airline Transport Pilot rated. Women account for only 2.13 percent of the more than 540,000 non-pilot aviation jobs in the United States.