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July 17 & 24, 2010
Lincoln, NE
Citation Airlift

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MICHAEL HUFF

-Posted 01/27/2010

In July of 2010 Michael Huff was chosen by the Ohio Special Olympics to compete on a National level in the event that will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska July 18-23,2010.

It is a great honor for Michael to be chosen to represent our home team, Huber Heights and also Team Ohio. 


Michael will be participating in the Bocce Ball competition. Michael and Tyler Bacca-Styles placed first in Bocce during the State competition in 2009.

Michael has had the pleasure of meeting with his team members and coaches this past November and is looking forward to meeting with them again for the weekend training camp that will be held in mid April.  Michael will be a part of Team Ohio and is only one of the 65 athletes and 25 coaches that will be representing Team Ohio. It take hundreds of individuals and volunteers to organize and to ensure that an event of this magnitude operates successfully.

Michael will arrive in Nebraska on July 18th via
Cessna Airlift.  With much gratitude,  due to the generosity of hundreds of Cessna Citation owners, 3000 Special Olympics Athletes and Coaches will arrive at Duncan Aviation, Lincoln, Nebraska.  A Special Olympics  Citation will land or take off every 60-90 seconds during a 12 hour period on July 17th


After the games have concluded on July 23rd, the Special Olympics Citation fleet will return to Lincoln, Nebraska to pick up the athletes and return them safely home. 


Michael has had the pleasure of meeting with his team members and coaches this past November and is looking forward to meeting with them again for the weekend training camp that will be held in mid April.  Michael will be a part of Team Ohio and is only one of the 65 athletes and 25 coaches that will be representing Team Ohio. It take hundreds of individuals and volunteers to organize and to ensure that an event of this magnitude operates successfully.

Actor/Pilot Harrison Ford will be the Honorary Chairman for the 2010 Cessna Airlift. "The Citation Special Olympics Airlift is a unique event that brings together the general aviation community to carry out the largest peacetime airlift in the world," Ford said.



Nationals 2010 will consist of
:
  •   3,000      Athletes from 50 States
  •   1,000      Coaches and Official Delegates
  •   8,000      Volunteers
  • 15,000+     Friends, family and loved ones
  • 30,000+     Estimated Fans and Spectators
Monetarily, this event will generate:
  • $40 million dollars in economic impact
  • Over $5 million dollars in estimated tax revenue for Nebraska
  • $6 million dollars in anticipated Federal support
  • $4 million dollars in Department Security support
  • $1 million dollars in State support for an estimated 25,000 hotel room night stays over a 7 day period

In closing, I would like to thank each and every one of you for helping make it possible for me to see this all unfold.  Hopefully we will see more of our athletes experience this as well!


Michele Blake
(Michael's Mother)


 

 



 








































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