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Phil Devine springs off a diving board and performs multiple flips and twists before his vertical entry into the water below, barely displacing a few inches. Phil’s brother, Michael, bounds 32 feet in the air, performing adolphs, rudolphs and fliffusses following each bounce off of a trampoline.

John Devine, a 28-year UPS employee who works as an air operations supervisor in Illinois, hopes that the time and encouragement he provided his sons Phil and Michael will help them be successful in their journey to compete in the upcoming London 2012 Olympics.

Phillip DevinePhil, a student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, won the three-meter diving competition at the Division III NCAA Championships in 2010 and was runner-up last season.

His older brother, Michael, a gymnastics trampolinist, has been competing nationally and internationally since 1999 as part of the USA Gymnastics National Team. He has been a top-three contender in the U.S. for the last seven years and is looking toward the Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships inBirmingham,U.K., as a qualifying event for the London 2012 Games.

UPS employee Mark Dendy is the father of another flying lad. His son, Marquis, combines his tall stature, lightning feet and horizontal vault to soar 52 feet through the air into a sand pit.

Mark, a 20-year UPS employee in Delaware, has given his son, Marquis, the direction and support to succeed in jumping events and to become one of the top high school triple-jumpers in the nation. Mark and his family also provided Marquis a path to follow. Mark was a champion sprinter in high school. Marquis’s mother, Dionne, set records in several sprinting events at the University of Delaware. And Terri, his aunt, was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic track team.

Michael DevineI’ve soared, too.

My dad gave me the tools and experience to ascend to almost 30 feet in the air, maintaining that height for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Marquis DevinePainting a house requires a very tall ladder, you know, and it was my dad who provided the 20-foot extension ladder to get up that high.

That’s what a dad does. He gives his kids the tools, provides the breeze under their wings needed to fly, soar and ascend—to be successful in whatever worthy goal they choose.

The right tools make a difference.

As the Official Logistics and Express Delivery Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, UPS is currently providing London and the U.K. with the tools needed to be the best—and greenest—Games ever.

With the help of UPS, the London 2012 Games will soar.

By the time the Games have concluded, UPS will have moved 30 million items of inventory and 250,000 pieces of luggage for the Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Over the past year, UPS opened up two warehousing facilities totaling almost 900,000 square-feet of space. Basically, everything that is moved into and out of the Olympic venues, UPS is doing that.

UPS has made a commitment to help minimize the impact of carbon emissions and their impact on the climate. Read Alan Williams’ blog about how UPS is working with The Carbon Neutral Company (CNC) to reduce carbon emissions.

Also, UPS has invested in technological improvements, allowing us to expand our electric fleet in Londonto 20 vehicles. Bio-fuel and electric vehicles are part of UPS’s 150-dedicated vehicle U.K. fleet during the Games.

Additionally, throughout 2011, UPS will be testing and rolling out telematics in the U.K. — a first in the Europe Region.

Already in broad use in the U.S., package car telematics provides UPS with a way to use technology in its vehicles to help identify how the company can reduce miles driven and ultimately, reduce carbon emissions.

UPS provides tools for success. Dads do, too.

To all the dads out there who spent countless hours cheering us on at our sporting events, picking us up when we stumbled, helping with our homework and teaching us the do’s and don’ts of life (mostly by example), thanks.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

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