Over the past nine years, members of the Fairfield Police Department, friends, business owners and members of the community have either volunteered and/or financially supported us on one Saturday a year, to pull our weight – literally! We participate in the Special Olympics’ “Plane Pull”, which is a fundraising event/family day at Newark Liberty International Airport. A tow rope is attached to a 737 (weighing 93,000 pounds) and a team of twenty people attempt to pull the plane twelve feet in the fastest time. In 2005, just three of our team members pulled the 737 and won the “Lightest Weight for Pulling a Plane” category. In addition, for the past 4 years, our team, “Fairfield’s Finest” has placed in the top 4 overall for fundraising.
The team has raised over $58,000 to date - making us the second highest ranked team for fundraising since the event began. These funds go directly to Special Olympics to enable them to continue their wonderful work with special needs children in New Jersey. Funds collected through the Plane Pull and other events held year round help Special Olympics of New Jersey to provide FREE year-round sports training and competition to more than 21,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics New Jersey is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization operates on an annual budget primarily funded through individual, corporate, civic and foundation dollars that make up more than 98% of the annual operating budget.
All programs are free to registered athletes including insurance, facilities, equipment, uniforms, housing & meals for events, awards, sports, education and more. In addition to programs offered on the local, county, sectional and state levels, Special Olympics New Jersey offers athletes free participation in all activities at the Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex in Lawrenceville.
For more information about Special Olympics go to www.sonj.org
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Fairfield Police has been involved with the Special Olympics for over 15 years. [learn more]