Push-ups for Pennies raises $15k

KNOXVILLE, TN – Push-ups for Pennies, a fundraiser sponsored by Pilot Flying J, has raised more than $15,000 for Knoxville Challenger Sports, an organization that provides sports opportunities for children and young adults with special needs. Team members participated in the first annual Push-ups for Pennies event by securing monetary pledges for each push-up they could complete during a week-long span in November. Pilot Flying J also sold T-shirts as part of the fundraiser, which the company plans to host annually each November.

“We launched Push-ups for Pennies to show support for an organization that gives back to our community beyond measure,” said Josh Perrin, director of Operations Support for Pilot Flying J. “Knoxville Challenger Sports makes a tremendous impact in the lives of people with special needs by helping them come together and enjoy fun sports activities, and our team was proud to push our abilities to the limit to raise funds for them.”

Knoxville Challenger Sports provides participants opportunities in baseball, basketball, golf, swimming and bowling. In addition to the monetary donation, Pilot Flying J provided sports equipment to the organization.

Nic Arning of Knoxville Challenger Sports (center) and Pilot Flying J team members celebrate the donation of more than $15,000, along with new athletic equipment, with participants of Knoxville Challenger Sports and their families at Pilot Flying J headquarters on Nov. 17, 2017. The money was raised through Pilot Flying J’s “Push-ups for Pennies” program. Photo submitted.