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 escorts 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.

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 2014 Truck Convoy will take place in various locations. 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, Administrative Assistant, Strategic Properties, Special Olympics, +1 202 824-0341 or vrivers@specialolympics.org.


Truck Convoy News and Stories


September 19, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics® Raises $500 Million for Special Olympics During 33-year History

By Christy White

In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.View Story The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the Special Olympics movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. There is an untold story about law enforcement. This story showcases how law enforcement officers are going above and beyond the call of duty for the most marginalized citizens in their communities - people with intellectual disabilities.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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September 13, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

A little Special Olympics Serendipity in New Orleans

By Amie Dugan

(L-R): Wendy, Donna Martin of SOAZ, Mrs. Leah Chase

During the recent Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day.View Story During the recent annual Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics & Special Olympics Arizona staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day. After lunch the group got a very rare treat: to meet the one and only Mrs. Leah Chase - the owner and one of most iconic figures in New Orleans' history. But, believe it or not, it got even better from there. Once Mrs. Chase heard what everyone did and why they were in town, she called over Wendy, her niece. Wendy works at the restaurant every day and is the chef behind their heavenly peach cobbler. The group soon learned that Wendy had herself been a Special Olympics athlete. What amazing serendipity! So if you ever go to New Orleans, stop by Dooky Chase's and think of Wendy as you enjoy that cobbler!

About Amie Dugan:Special Olympics North America Director of Marketing and Communications
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September 09, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Flame of Hope Touches Down in Belgium

By Maureen Rabbitt

“It is a great honor for us to welcome almost 2,000 athletes from Europe and Eurasia in Belgium" said Belgium PM Elio Di Rupo. "Sports bring people with different backgrounds together and I am more than pleased to be involved in this event. I wish all athletes glorious Games in their sport performances as well as in their social contacts, and I hope that their stay in Belgium will inspire them to achieve their goals.”

The “Flame of Hope” of the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games touched down this morning at Brussels Airport together with the 74 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from the Greek delegation.View Story The “Flame of Hope” of the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games touched down this morning at Brussels Airport together with the 74 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from the Greek delegation who lit the flame on September 4th during the official ancient ceremony in Alexandropoulis, Greece. Prime Minister Di Rupo began the Torch relay on Belgian soil with Special Olympics athletes Evy & Andre. Later the Torch was welcomed at the European Parliament by President of the European Council Mr Herman Van Rompuy. From there the Torch was relayed to the Royal Palace by the famous Borlée family - Belgian Athletics World Champions - to be welcomed by his Majesty King Filip and finally the Torch was welcomed by the Mayor of Brussels Mr. Yvan Majeur on the Brussels Grand-Place. The Flame will visit 50 Belgium towns before arriving in Antwerp on Sept 13 for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics European Games 2014.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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World’s Largest Truck Convoy Events


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October 25, 2014

World's Largest Truck Convoy

The World's Largest Truck Convoy is an annual one-day celebration designed to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. On October 25, 2014, when you fire up your engine at The Meadow Event Park, home of the Virginia State Fair, you will be joining thousands of other truck drivers throughout the United States and Canada, all of whom are driving with two goals in mind: 1) to form the largest procession of trucks the world has ever seen and 2) to build a bigger, better community for the amazing athletes of Special Olympics. In Virginia, this convoy takes place on Interstate 95 near Richmond and is organized by the Virginia State Police as part of their annual Law Enforcement Torch Run efforts. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Roy Zeidman
Email:rzeidman@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-726-3022
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Meadow Event Park
Doswell, Virginia
UNITED STATES

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