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World’s Largest Truck Convoy

The Truck Convoy® is a unique one-day celebration of the trucking industry and its support of Special Olympics. Local law enforcement makes special dispensation and escort a convoy of trucks up to 50 miles through their town.

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To find a World’s Largest Truck Convoy® in your local area, please see the details below.

The Truck Convoy®

Truckers meet at a staging location and are escorted in convoy to a predetermined destination, such as a raceway, fairgrounds or truck stop, where they are welcomed by the Special Olympics community - athletes, families, friends, colleagues, law enforcement officers, and the organizations, companies and agencies that make up the trucking industry. A celebration - a picnic, barbecue, awards ceremony, etc. is held to recognize participating truckers and the support of the trucking industry. Whatever form the celebration takes, the message is the same: "Thank you for your support of Special Olympics athletes and for keeping our communities moving!"

Inspired by the powerful impact Special Olympics had on his life through his participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, combined with his family's involvement with the trucking industry, Norm Schneiderhan, a Corporal with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, created the Truck Convoy, a one-day celebration of the trucking industry to help raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics.

The 2016 Truck Convoy will take place in various locations during Trucker Appreciation Week (September 11-17, 2016) and the full month of September. Please find below the Truck Convoy dates by location and attached event details. For more information, please contact the individual listed for your state or province below, or Victoria Rivers, Manager, LETR/Corporate Development, Special Olympics, +1 202 824-0341 or vrivers@specialolympics.org


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December 02, 2016 | North America: Louisiana

Participants Go Over the Edge for Special Olympics Louisiana

By Casey Minton

Participants recieved the ULTIMATE adrenaline rush while raising funds for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition gave attendees the opportunity to rappel 25 stories down NOLA's Benson Tower.View Story On December 2, 65 participants recieved the ULTIMATE adrenaline rush while raising funds for Special Olympics Louisiana athletes! NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition gave attendees the opportunity to rappel 25 stories down NOLA's Benson Tower, ride in a helicopter, and SWAT train with Louisiana's finest at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Training Facility! Companies, schools, clubs, and other organizations raised funds to send their family and friends Over the Edge through company matching, sponsorship opportunities, and much more. Each participant raised a minimum of $1,000 in order to rappel from the tower, and those who simply wanted to contribute were able to make general donations. A special thanks to our sponsors and everyone who participated!

About Casey Minton:Director of Communications and Marketing
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October 07, 2016 | Latin America: Costa Rica

Latin America will participate in Austria 2017’s Final Leg

By Leilani Gonzalez

Ariel Ary, athlete from Special Olympics Costa Rica, will represent Latin America in Austria's Law Enforcement Torch Run

Ariel will carry the "Flame of Hope" in Austria's Law Enforcement Torch RunView Story "When I was born doctors made a grim recommendation to my parents. To let me die. According to these doctors, it did not make any sense to prolong my life". Ariel Ary starts some of his motivational speeches with this line, showing that not only he lived many years, but he has been able to achieve his dreams. Ariel is an Athlete Leader of Special Olympics, speaks four languages, is a dedicated tennis player, an international speaker, and currently works in the multinational company IBM-Costa Rica.In addition to these achievements, Ariel was selected along with nine other athletes from around the world to carry the "Flame of Hope" representing Latin America, in the Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Final Leg. This race is traditionally performed before events and Special Olympics Games, in this case the Special Olympics World Winter Games, Austria 2017. "Guardians of the Flame of Hope" -- Law Enforcement and Special Olympics athletes-- run at least 5K a day, in groups of 11, for 12 days prior to the World Games.Support Ariel and Special Olympics Costa Rica with your donation through this link. 

About Leilani Gonzalez:Marketing and Development Coordinator for Special Olympics Latin America
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October 07, 2016 | SOI: Region Latin America

Law Enforcement raised $55 million for Special Olympics

By Leilani Gonzalez

"Guardians of the Flame of Hope" ran 5K during the Conference. See more photos. 

Law Enforcement gathered to celebrate their support to Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run movement.View Story Like every year, U.S. Law Enforcement and others around the world gathered to celebrate their support to Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is more than a race; it is an activity in which security agents, athletes, and Special Olympics members, work together and organize different events in order to create awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics. One of the most celebrated achievements was the collection, during 2015, of more than 55 million dollars, to continue promoting inclusion and improving the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics’ mission.The conference, considered as a family reunion, was held in Phoenix, Arizona from September 15 through the 17th. Almost 1,000 Law Enforcement agents participated, along with Special Olympics’ Global CEO, Mary Davis, Special Olympics members, VIPs, sponsors like Coca-Cola and ESPN, as well as motivational speakers. One of the speakers was Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics Chief of Inspiration, and motivational speakers Jason Schechterle and Jessica Cox. They touched the hearts of the audience and left a clear message: “nothing is impossible for those who have a clear mission and work to achieve it with passion and dedication."

About Leilani Gonzalez:Marketing and Development Coordinator for Special Olympics Latin America
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September 28, 2016 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

First Torch Run for Israel Summer Games

By Gary Gordon

Police officers from Israel's State Police joined Israeli Special Olympic athletes to carry the Flame of Hope with the Maccabi Tel-Aviv world famous soccer team.View Story As part of the very first Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Israel, police officers from Israel's State Police joined Israeli Special Olympic athletes to carry the Flame of Hope with the Maccabi Tel-Aviv world famous soccer team. Members of the youth squad ran with the athletes and police around the ground, raising much needed awareness of the Israel Special Olympics Summer Games, which took place in Israel for the very first time in September 2016 outside Tel-Aviv. The Flame of Hope(R) was carried across Israel by athletes and the Police Officers, ending up at the opening ceremony in Netanya. The Torch Run family of Law Enforcement across the world and delighted to welcome their brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement from Israel into the Torch Run family and are looking forward to running with them again into the future.

About Gary Gordon:Gary is the Republic of Ireland Torch Run Secretary for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, and the LETR Western Europe Torch Run Coordinator, which also covers Israels new LETR Program.
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July 14, 2016 | North America: New York

Special Olympics New York Athlete Designs SI Yankees Jerseys

By Kaitlin Brennan

SONY athlete Rodney Hankins with SI Yankees players

This past weekend, SONY athlete Rodney Hankins' dreams came true. "I never imagined that this would ever happen to me..."View Story This past weekend, SONY athlete Rodney Hankins' dreams came true. On Sunday, July 10th, the Richmond County Bank Ballpark served as the finish line for the 1st Annual Staten Island leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics New York. During the Staten Island Yankees game following the Torch Run, the team wore special jerseys designed by SONY athlete Rodney Hankins. "This has been a dream come true. I never imagined that this would ever happen to me and I'm still in shock," said Rodney, 55. He has competed with Special Olympics New York for over 20 years and has served as a Global Messenger. The game-worn jerseys were auctioned off during the game with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics New York.

About Kaitlin Brennan:Kaitlin Brennan is the Associate Director of Development for SONY, New York City region.
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