Special Olympics World Games
The Indium Corporation supported the Special Olympics World Summer Games by donating the use of their corporate aircraft and crew for athlete transportation purposes. The Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Ames, Iowa. As a member of the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift, Indium Corporation donated the use of their aircraft and crew to transport Special Olympians to and from Iowa. Getting the 1,500 athletes to Iowa, from all across the USA, required a unique and rewarding effort - an effort that is known as THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS AIRLIFT. Flying this many athletes from across the continent into one city on one day (and back home again - in one day) requires an extremely-well coordinated effort, and a group of very gracious volunteers. The Cessna Corporation (makers of business jets) coordinated 235 volunteer Cessna Citations and got all the athletes to and from the games successfully.
According to Charles Valuckas, Indium's Flight Department Manager and Chief Pilot, "We were excited to be a part of this humanitarian event. It was strictly a donation on the part of Indium, intended to support this great cause."
The Indium aircraft has previously been tapped to transport organ transplant emergencies. It is normally used to support Indium Corporation business.
"Our flight department is extremely busy with Indium Corporation business applications. We happily made this exception in our scheduling to serve a very worthy cause," said Rick Short, Indium's Director of Corporate Communications.