Mountain Lions Win Spirit Award at Special Olympics Plane Pull

By Jared Verner published August 14, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs volleyball team won the Team Spirit Award at the Inaugural Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull last Saturday at Denver International Airport. The Mountain Lions were one of 47 teams to pull a Boeing 757 on the tarmac at Signature Flight Support at DIA.

The Mountain Lions pulled the 164,000-pound FedEx plane 12 feet in 7.608 seconds. UCCS competed against several law enforcement agencies, DIA departments and airline crew based out of Denver.

The team raised more than $1,900, which is used by Special Olympics to provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 13,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in Colorado. Donations are accepted year-round, and can be made by visiting

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