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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 29, 2016 | North America: Georgia

Becoming Stronger and Stronger

By Linda Weaver

Elena was in awe of being able to carry the torch for the Unified Relay Across America.

When Elena Weaver started running the torch for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Georgia in 1999, she could only trot about a block.View Story When Elena Weaver started running the torch for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Georgia in 1999, she could only trot about a block. The torch was just too heavy for her to carry. As her training as a gymnast with Special Olympics became more directed, however, she became stronger and stronger. Now she can carry the Torch and run up to 3 miles! If Special Olympics Georgia and the Law Enforcement Torch Run did not exist, Elena’s life would be very different. She was born with multiple birth defects – with no expectation of a healthy and normal life. It took years of hospitalizations, surgeries and therapies for Elena to prove to everyone she could and would live. Not only did she live, she actually began to dream of all that her life could become. She has gotten involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising and has been to many events. As a Global Ambassador, Elena has given many speeches in support of all of the law enforcement officers. Elena has loved every minute of this experience.

About Linda Weaver:I am Elena's mother
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December 28, 2016 | North America: Texas

Elvis Andrus' Dedication to LETR

By Steve Helm

Texas Rangers shortstop’ Elvis Andrus presents a $5,000 check to Special Olympics Texas and accepts his award for Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year.

Everyone knows professional athletes have very demanding schedules, especially during the season, but that does not stop Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus from sparing some time for Special Olympics Texas.View Story Everyone knows professional athletes have very demanding schedules, especially during the season, but that does not stop Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus from sparing some time for Special Olympics Texas. For the last six years, the two-time All-Star has gone out of his way to support all facets of the organization, including the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Each year, Special Olympics Texas holds its statewide Summer Games in Arlington. Andrus provides tickets and invites a group of Law Enforcement Torch Run members and Special Olympics Texas athletes for a torch run around the infield during the pregame festivities. His generosity and involvement doesn’t stop there. Since 2010, Andrus has donated $24,000 to Special Olympics Texas to help fund the annual Summer Games and the Young Athletes Program for children ages 2-7 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Thanks to Elvis Andrus, the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Texas has become better known, leading to increased involvement from area police, which ultimately has resulted in greater support for the athletes.

About Steve Helm:I am on staff with Special Olympics Texas
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December 28, 2016 | North America: Canada: British Columbia

Children’s Book Supports Special Olympics British Columbia

By Charlotte Taylor

There’s a Norseman in the Classroom! book cover

A new children’s book teaches kids about inclusion as it raises funds for Special Olympics British Columbia.View Story A new children’s book teaches kids about inclusion as it raises funds for Special Olympics British Columbia. In There’s a Norseman in the Classroom!, children return from summer vacation to discover a new student has joined the class — and he happens to be a huge, hairy, noisy Norseman. While the kids initially reject Norm the Norseman because he is different, they learn to accept him and appreciate all the great things he brings to their classroom. Constable Grayson Smith of the Delta Police Department wrote the story, which features fun and vibrant visuals created by award-winning illustrator Timothy Banks. Two dollars from the sale of every book will go to benefit Special Olympics British Columbia, which Smith selected due to the fit with the subject matter and his involvement with the BC Law Enforcement Torch Run. “Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to meet and become friends with several athletes, and it's awesome to see their talent and commitment to being active," Smith said.

About Charlotte Taylor:I am with the staff of Special Olympics British Columbia
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December 19, 2016 | Europe Eurasia: Iceland

Iceland President Carries the Flame of Hope in a Torch Run

By Anna Karolina Vilhjalmsdottir

The president of Iceland was the first president to run in a Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run event.View Story The president of Iceland was the first president to run in a Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run event. The run was on 27 November as the Special Olympics Iceland National Football Games took place in the town of Reykjanesbær. This year the president of Iceland, Mr. Gudni Th. Johannesson was invited to carry the torch with Special Olympics athletes and Law Enforcement Torch Run officers. After the torch run the President Mr. Johannesson addressed the athletes, officers and attendees and officially opened the games. His support at the events very important and helped raise awareness of Special Olympics. It appears that; unless we are contradicted, Mr. Johannesson is the very first President in the world to carry the Flame of Hope® in a Law Enforcement Torch Run. Mr. Johannesson was elected as President of Iceland on the 25th of June 2016 and being 48 years of age, he is the youngest president Iceland has ever elected

About Anna Karolina Vilhjalmsdottir:National Director Special Olympics Iceland
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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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