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Playing Tug of War with a UPS 757 for Special Olympics Kentucky
Pull a plane

The thought I kept having as I watched teams pull a UPS 757 cargo jet during the Special Olympics Plane Pull on Saturday, September 29 at the Louisville International Airport was: “That’s a pretty tough tug-of-war opponent.”

Yet time and time again, teams of 20 participants would step up to the 147,000-pound UPS browntail, size up the competition, grab the rope, and pull with all of their might, trying to move the plane 12 feet faster than all of the other teams.

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UPS Celebrates Global Volunteer Month: Video
UPS Global Volunteer Month

For the tenth consecutive year, UPSers around the globe are coming together during October to participate in Global Volunteer Month. Joining with international organizations such as Special Olympics, The United Way, and The Salvation Army, as well as local groups such as animal shelters and soup kitchens, UPS people are working towards a goal of giving 195,000 volunteer hours during the month. Take a look at the video below to hear The UPS Foundation President Ed Martinez introducing Global Volunteer Month.

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At 75-Years-Young, UPSer and Marathoner ‘Miss Mary’ Exercises for the Health of It
Mary Hansford

Mary Hansford is a walking example of motivation. She has worked at UPS for 15 years, had an entire previous career as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant before retiring and run the New York City Marathon — all by the young age of 75, or going on 76 as she proudly points out.

Miss Mary, who works at UPS’s Worldport global air hub, started her career at UPS as seasonal help in 1996 to earn a few extra dollars. Close to 15 years later, she is still at it, attributing her ability to keep at it to years of healthy living, running marathons and the sheer desire to stay active. She has no plans to retire any time soon. “I’ll know when it’s time to retire, and that time isn’t here yet,” she said.

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Service Never Stops For Former Casey Award Winner Tony Flores

Tony FloresTony Flores of Raleigh, NC received the UPS Jim Casey Community Service Award in 2005 for his devotion to his children, his community and to the Autism Society of North Carolina. He hasn’t slowed down since.

This summer, Tony will coach the North Carolina track and field team at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games to be held in Lincoln, Nebraska. More than 3,000 athletes from nearly all 50 states will compete at this year’s games.

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