Southwest Airlines sponsors a lot of things, both commercial and charitable. And this gives us Employees lots of opportunities to see, do, and celebrate many things that we wouldn't get to otherwise.
We've gotten to see the Stanley Cup a ”cuple” of times, and our sponsorship of the NBA has resulted in a way-cool specialty plane (Slam Dunk One), a visit from some really-tall famous people, and yet another of our patented hangar celebrations.
But most recently, our NBA sponsorship brought the Larry O'brien NBA Championship Trophy to HDQ for a ”photo op,” and our hoops-LUVing Employees didn't waste any time taking advantage of it.
But, of course, our charitable sponsorships are the most rewarding and sometimes even more fun. Our LUV Classic Golf Tournaments, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities, have become huge events, and even they don't compare to volunteering to serve a meal at a local Ronald McDonald House and getting to see the faces of the people who are being helped ... or to volunteering to sort and pack a few dozen TONS of food at the North Texas Food Bank.
And I can't think of anything more fun, exciting, and rewarding than being part of Kidd's Kids, and watching children who have been ravaged by disease (and their families) on their way to Disney World for five days on our specially painted Kidd's Kids airplane. Not to mention a surprise visit from the Jonas Brothers (as shown in this two-part video).