Pull for Proceeds and Support SOTX Athletes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Show off your strength, and support, for Special Olympics Texas.  Now’s your chance to sign up for Texas’ toughest tug-of-war contest at the annual Fire Truck Pull, hosted by the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), in Amarillo on November 3.  

The Fire Truck Pull is an extreme challenge that requires teams of eight people to test their might and work together to pull a 45,000 pound fire truck for 50 feet!  The team with the fastest “pull time” will become the 2012 Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions.  The Pull will start at 10:00 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza on Western Street and end around 12:00 p.m. with an awards ceremony.  The entry fee is $100 per team and $12.50 for individual competitors.  Proceeds will help support SOTX - Panhandle area athletes.

The Fire Truck Pull is free to attend and open to the public.  Mr. Gatti’s will provide lunch for all participants; spectators  and volunteers can enjoy a $5.00 buffet after the Pull.  For more information, contact Megan Spivey (mspivey@sotx.org) at 806.374.7171 or Benny Bundy (ben_good_time@yahoo.com) at 806.336.6918. 

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics' largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985 and had grown to become one of the largest in the nation.  In the last decade, Torch Run has contributed over $11 million through the dedication of thousands of law enforcement personnel fundraising on behalf of SOTX.  The support provided by this dedicated group has contributed greatly to programs in local communities, which involve more than 44,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.

 Sponsors:
Mr. Gatti’s Pizza and GJ’s Café and Grill

Co-Sponsors:
Coca-Cola Refreshments, Food Town, H-E-B Tournament of Champions
Charitable Trust and the Law Enforcement Torch Run


Ramonica Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Special Olympics Texas
rjones@sotx.org


About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.