Fleets Move College Football Gear for Pride’s Sake, Executives Say
C.R. England Inc.By Eric St.John, Features Editor
This story appears in the April 9 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
Although transporting college football equipment from one venue to another can be an expensive undertaking, several trucking company executives said they are willing to write off the costs because they receive something much more valuable: a sense of company and family pride in performing what amounts to community service for higher-education institutions.
C.R. England Inc., Salt Lake City, is a newcomer to this type of philanthropic work. The carrier began working on the project about a year ago, said Zach England, the company’s vice president for dedicated services.
The past football season was C.R. England’s first transporting equipment for players, communication devices for coaches, and medical supplies and apparatus for the University of Utah, which also is located in Salt Lake City.
“Many members of the England family and our employees attended the school,” Zach England, said. “From a community-service standpoint, it’s a good way to give something back to an institution that means so much to us.”
In an August press release, Chad England, chief operating officer, said, “We are very excited to provide this resource to the university, as well as to show our support to Utah athletics. As the Utes move to the Pac-12 [athletic conference] this season, their mode of transporting their equipment will match the stature of their new conference affiliation. The Utes will now have the best transportation solution of any team in the country.”
Six months later, after Utah finished the regular season with a 7-5 record and then beat Georgia Tech 30-27 in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, Zach England said there is another reason the carrier supports the school.
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