This Tractor Puller has an Inspiring Story

This Tractor Puller has an Inspiring Story

The money raised benefits Make a Wish. The money raised benefits Make a Wish.

August 17, 2016

Chapel Hill, Tennessee recently held the 40th Annual Lions Super Pull of the South. This National Tractor Pull Association sanctioned invitational event draws competitors from across the nation to battle for their share of $100,000 in prize money. For one man at the event, the thrill of the competition has an added bonus: it provides him with a unique opportunity to help kids in need.

After a tragic farming accident put an end to Larry Koester's minor league baseball career thirty years ago, he turned his attention to tractor pulling, in which his brother, brother-in-law, and friends were already involved. Now, three decades later, he has three championships under his belt – and he's also using his story to encourage others to keep moving forward, making him both a tractor puller and a wish maker.

For the past several years, Koester has teamed up with Shell to raise money for Make-A-Wish through tractor pulling. He says that seeing a smile on these kids' faces makes it all worthwhile, because a lot of their time is spent sitting in a hospital. "I think you're put on Earth to help, and I have a unique situation where I get a little more attention than I probably should. But if you can use that to help people it's pretty neat."

Larry Koester hopes to exceed the amount of money raised for Make a Wish at this year's 2016 National Tractor Pull, which takes place August 18–21 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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