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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 2017 Truck Convoy will take place in various locations during Trucker Appreciation Week (September 10-16, 2017) 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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July 19, 2017 | SOI General: Headquarters

A Legacy Of Hope

By Connie Grandmason

Officer Tracy Grady first got involved with Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run with her fellow officers.View Story Officer Tracy Grady first got involved with Special Olympics through the LawEnforcement Torch Run with her fellow officers. Before long she was attendingevents, volunteering, and raising funds for the organization. But she wanted todo more.Tracy decided to include Special Olympics in her will. “I want my estate to contributeto the welfare of improving people’s lives so that they can experience the joy ofreceiving a medal, the camaraderie of team sports, and get needed health care.If I achieve that, then I have left an indelible mark on society.”Like Tracy, you too can make a powerful, lasting impact on future athletes in yourProgram or around the world. There are a variety of options that are easy to arrangeand cost nothing during your lifetime. Contact Special Olympics today to learn howyou can include us in your estate plan and leave a legacy of acceptance, inclusion andempowerment for years to come. 

About Connie Grandmason:I am Director, Bequests and Estate Gifts for the Special Olympics movement.
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July 17, 2017 | SOI: Region North America

Brothers in Blue

By Terri Sappington

Jimmy (left) and Jason Johnson

It was at an early age that both Alaska Torch Run Director Jimmy Johnson and Montana Torch Run Director Jason Johnson knew they wanted to be in law enforcement.View Story It was at an early age that both Alaska Torch Run Director Jimmy Johnson and Montana Torch Run Director Jason Johnson knew they wanted to be in law enforcement. For many families, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is a family event, even one passed on through generations within a law enforcement home. Jason and Jimmy represent a unique occurrence that the LETR community has yet to see. Brothers, both in the position of Director in two separate programs within the same region; a very special first for the LETR community and one that Region VIII, especially Montana and Alaska, are excited to have.Jason and Jimmy grew up in a loving family of 6 siblings in Missoula, MT. Jason started a career in construction, but after his daughter was born, decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. He started with the Reserve Unit in Missoula in 1997, becoming a full-time police officer in 1998. Jason has served with the Conrad, MT Police Department, the Ravalli County (MT) Sheriff’s Department, and finally the Missoula County (MT) Sheriff’s Department. Jimmy became a U.S. Marshal in 2003. After spending time in Utah and with the Regional Fugitive Task Force in Wisconsin, Jimmy moved to Alaska in 2008 where he currently serves as a Senior Inspector.Both Jason and Jimmy have volunteered early on in their careers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. They have served in many roles including Final Leg (FL) Runners, FL Team Leaders, FL Planning Committee, Event Organizers, Special Olympics Board of Directors in their home states. Now, both serve as Torch Run Directors within Region VIII. Since 2016, Jason has served as the Montana Torch Run Director, immediately taking it from a $520,000 program to well over $610,000. Jimmy stepped up as the Alaska Torch Run Director in 2017, one he is fortunate to inherit as the #1 LETR fundraising program per capita in the world. 

About Terri Sappington:I am a volunteer with the Law Enforcement Torch Run
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July 17, 2017 | Europe Eurasia: Netherlands

Fanning the Flame of Hope across Europe

By Fiona Hynes

Delegates at the Law Enforcement Torch Run-Special Olympics Europe Eurasia conference which was held in Amsterdam, Holland in July 2017.

Growing the Torch Run across Europe was the big focus at a recent Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run gathering.View Story Growing the Torch Run across Europe was the big focus at a recent Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) gathering. The two-day workshop in Amsterdam, Holland, featured delegates from 12 Europe Eurasia programmes, along with law enforcement members from across the region. It was funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme & supported by Special Olympics Netherlands. During the workshop, attendees delivered updates on LETR activity in their own countries as well as viewing recent best practice examples, including the Torch Run from the World Winter Games in Austria. This event was cited having given a new lease of life to LETR & Special Olympics partnership in Austria. The organisers of the workshop were very happy with the outcomes. "The relationship between LETR and Special Olympics Europe Eurasia is strong. This workshop proved we have great people dedicated to the cause throughout Europe and ready to help the athletes achieve their dreams,' said Gary Gordon, LETR Regional Coordinator.

About Fiona Hynes :I am the Senior Manager for Communications for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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July 10, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

MVCI Makes a Big Impact on the Community

By Tim Leonard

Mountain View Correctional Institution is making a big impact thanks to fundraising for North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.View Story Mountain View Correctional Institution in Avery County may be a small facility, but employees are making a big impact on the community thanks to fundraising for North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.Spurred by new leadership from Department of Public Safety employees Peggy Dale and Brooke Peterson, Mountain View Correctional Institution (MVCI), located in Spruce Pine, has already raised almost $3,500 for Special Olympics athletes this calendar year. And believe it or not, Dale says the Spruce Pine facility is just getting started.“Our goal is 6,000 for the year,” Dale said.Dale believes the MVCI department has been able to raise so much money because the Spruce Pine population provides strong encouragement and are truly connected to Special Olympics.“A lot of people have athletes and children who are involved, which helps spread the word,” Dale commented.

About Tim Leonard:I am the Communications Intern for Special Olympics North Carolina
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July 06, 2017 | Latin America: Panamá

The Flame of Hope shone bright in Panama

By Leilani Gonzalez

Final Leg for the Latin American Games at Panama City

Hundreds of law enforcement agents from Panama toured more than 13 points around the country with the Torch Run to announce the arrival of the Special Olympics Latin American Games.View Story It all started on March 24, when hundreds of law enforcement agents from Panama toured more than 13 points around the country, with the Torch Run, to announce the arrival of the Special Olympics Latin American Games in Panama. On April 21, almost a month later, the Flame of Hope arrived at the Rommel Fernandez Stadium to light the cauldron that started the games. The event was organized as a Unified Torch Run with Special Olympics athletes from Panama and Latin America with the support of DHL Latin America. Representatives from the Government of Panama, including President Juan Carlos Varela and the First Lady Lorena de Varela, held the Flame of Hope at the Presidential Palace. It also included the participation of celebrities such as the songwriter Erika Ender and Special Olympics leaders, CEO Mary Davis, Special Olympics Latin America President, Claudia Echeverry, Special Olympics Panama President, Yolanda Eleta de Varela, and Latin American Games Director, Sandra Sanchez.

About Leilani Gonzalez:Marketing and Development Coordinator for Special Olympics Latin America
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