“We, along with our many volunteer partners, 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, Cessna senior vice president of marketing. “This is a signature community endeavor for Cessna and unique opportunity that enables everyone from our employees to our customers to get involved and be a part of the Games.”
With its seventh occasion of organizing the CSOA, which is held every four years, Cessna hopes to recruit at least 175 Citations owners to transport 1,000 athletes to New Jersey on June 14, 2014 and then return them to their home bases on June 21, 2014.
“The Citation Special Olympics Airlift is one of the most spectacular traditions of our national Games,” said Bob Gobrecht, President and Managing Director of Special Olympics North America. “The generosity of Cessna, their industry partners and the Citation owners not only provides our Programs with a much needed solution to the costs associated with transporting delegations, but it also gives our athletes a once-in-a-lifetime aviation experience.”
The first CSOA in 1987 involved more than 130 Citations carrying athletes to and from South Bend, Ind. The last airlift, in 2010, included 165 Citations transporting 830 athletes to and from Lincoln, Neb.
Trenton-Mercer Airport will serve as the Host Airport. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Airport and the County as a whole. Special Olympics is an internationally known organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities meet their fullest potential on the field of competition and in life. Being part of this effort is a calling of the highest order, and we readily accept the challenge,” said County Executive Brian M. Hughes.