In a press conference on Monday, Cessna once again launched its signature community event, the Citation Special Olympics Airlift (CSOA). The games, which are held every four years, are scheduled to take place in two years, and the airframer has once again issued the call to Citation owners to participate in the airlift, which first began in 1987. “Along with our many volunteer partners, we are extremely proud to kick off our seventh CSOA in support of bringing athletes and coaches to the 2014 Special Olympics USA games,” said Roxanne Bernstein, the OEM’s senior vice president of marketing.
For the sixth time, Cessna Citation owners will be taking to the sky in support of the Special Olympics. The 2010 USA National Games, to be held July 18 to 24 on the University of Nebraska campus in Lincoln, is expected to attract 3,000 athletes from the 50 states. Also expected to attend are 1,000 coaches and official delegates, 15,000 athletes’ family members and friends, 8,000 volunteers and 20,000 spectators.
At a press conference here yesterday, actor/pilot Harrison Ford accepted the appointment of honorary chairman of Cessna’s 2010 Special Olympics Airlift.
“It is an opportunity for the athletes, an opportunity for Cessna to demonstrate their community-minded approach, and an opportunity for all of us in aviation to do something positive and high-profile to promote aviation at a time when aviation faces some difficulties,” Ford said.
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This is the Special Olympics athletes’ oath, and Citation owners and operators can help give them a chance to make the attempt.