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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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May 18, 2017 | North America: Alaska

Flame of Hope Travels Across Alaska, Features Special Olympics Facility

By Jimmy Johnson

The March 2017 publication of "Exceptional Parent” Magazine features the Special Olympics Alaska Sports, Heath and Wellness Center.

On May 20, 14 communities throughout the great state of Alaska participated as the Flame of Hope was carried through towns and cities from the temperate rain forests and coast of the southeast, to the frozen tundra of the north, and every place in between. Alaska's LETR Executive Council is thrilView Story On May 20, 14 communities throughout the great state of Alaska participated as the Flame of Hope was carried through towns and cities from the temperate rain forests and coast of the southeast, to the frozen tundra of the north, and every place in between. Alaska's LETR Executive Council is thrilled to announce that starting this year, in Anchorage, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive will showcase the incredible Special Olympics Alaska Sports, Health and Wellness Center as the starting and finish point for that city's 5K run and BBQ, Unified Sports and family activities on May 20. The center is a dream come true for Special Olympics Alaska, a beautiful $8 million facility boasting 28,000 square feet of Olympic style training and managing space. The center opened in 2014, and now houses a multitude of programs designed to better the lives of those with intellectual disabilities and serves as a beacon for the message of inclusion and acceptance.

About Jimmy Johnson:I am a proud member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run family in Alaska.
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May 17, 2017 | North America: Illinois

Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run State Committee Adds Athlete to Member Roster

By Alexandra McMillin

Rikki Kirsch, Athlete Liaison for the LETR State Committee in Illinois, poses with Illinois Torch Run Director, Steve Stelter.

For the first time, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has added an Athlete Liaison to the State Committee. Special Olympics Illinois athlete Rikki Kirsch proudly joins the group. She has competed in Special Olympics for many years in several sports ranging from equestrian to golf. Rikki attView Story For the first time, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has added an Athlete Liaison to the State Committee. Special Olympics Illinois athlete Rikki Kirsch proudly joins the group. She has competed in Special Olympics for many years in several sports ranging from equestrian to golf. Rikki attended the 2014 Special Olympics USA Summer Games in New Jersey where she represented Illinois in aquatics. This year marked her first time competing in the State Winter Games and she took home gold in snowshoeing. Since becoming Global Messenger, Rikki officially met all the qualifications to become an athlete liaison. “Having Rikki involved with the Torch Run committee is one of the reasons Illinois has such a successful program and is respected worldwide,” says Torch Run Director and Chief of the Westchester Police Department, Steve Stelter. The Athlete Liaison is a Special Olympics Athlete whose primary responsibility is represent the interests of all Special Olympics Illinois athletes.

About Alexandra McMillin:Assistant Director of Communications and Media Relations, Special Olympics Illinois
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May 17, 2017 | North America: Southern California

Honoring the Fallen and Those That Protect and Serve

By Roberta Abner, Los Angeles County Sheriff

Officers stand watch at the memorial in Washington DC honoring those who gave their lives in service.

During 2016, 135 law enforcement officers in the United States did not make it home to their families at the end of their shift. This is the highest number of fatalities on the job in five years. Nearly half of these were fatally shot, including 21 police officers who died in different ambush-stylView Story National Police Officer Memorial Week was held in Washington D.C. and across the United States May 14-20, recognizing officers killed while on duty. During 2016, 135 law enforcement officers in the United States did not make it home to their families at the end of their shift. This is the highest number of fatalities on the job in five years. Nearly half of these were fatally shot, including 21 police officers who died in different ambush-style attacks carried out across the country. It was indeed a sad year for law enforcement. In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law declaring May 15th Peace Officer's Memorial Day, and the week as Police Memorial Week. During this week, we pay tribute to those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Some of the fallen officers, including our international brothers and sisters, were part of our Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics movement and will also be recognized at the next International Torch Run Conference in Nashville. We honor those who lost their lives while serving others. They will never be forgotten.

About Roberta Abner, Los Angeles County Sheriff:LASD Reserve Deputy and Retired Division Chief
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May 12, 2017 | North America: Canada: British Columbia

Fearless Plungers get bold and cold for Special Olympics British Columbia

By Michael Obendoerfer

The Westminster Savings team gets bold and cold!

Brave participants in colourful costumes made a huge splash at the 2017 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC presented by Westminster Savings Credit Union on March 4. The frigid and festive fundraiser brought in more than $85,000 for SOBC, almost three times as much as last year’s inaugural VancouvView Story Brave participants in colourful costumes made a huge splash at the 2017 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC presented by Westminster Savings Credit Union on March 4. The frigid and festive fundraiser brought in more than $85,000 for SOBC, almost three times as much as last year’s inaugural Vancouver Polar Plunge, with 189 individuals registering to get freezin’ for a reason at Kitsilano Beach. Staged in partnership with the BC Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Polar Plunge saw members of the Vancouver, Abbotsford, and West Vancouver police departments, Coquitlam and North Vancouver RCMP detachments, Canada Border Services Agency, Justice Institute of British Columbia, and Metro Vancouver Transit Police show their support for SOBC alongside corporate teams, students, and other individuals "The number of participants and spectators in attendance clearly shows we are accomplishing our goal," Transit Police Deputy Chief and BC LETR Executive Council member Barry Kross said.

About Michael Obendoerfer:I am the Communications Coordinator with Special Olympics BC
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April 24, 2017 | Europe Eurasia: Austria

Final Leg Team Delivers the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

By Scott Whyte

Austrian police officer and Final Leg team member Melanie Rettenbacher carries the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming, accompanied by Gerhard Hochstrasser and Karin Naverschnig.

After 10 days of running through 47 cities and towns across Austria, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team delivered the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming.View Story After 10 days of running through 47 cities and towns across Austria, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team delivered the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming on 18 March. It was an emotional moment and a stunning visual as the torch zigzaged down the mountain for the crowd. In the days before, 130 members of the Final Leg team gathered in Bregenz, and then visited Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz, Vienna and Graz as well as many smaller towns and villages. The team was made up of officers from 83 law enforcement agencies in 23 countries as well as 10 Special Olympics athletes from Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Gibraltar and the USA. Melanie Rettenbacher brought the Flame of Hope down the mountain and handed over to Bruce Merriam and Andrew Negrelli who had been selected to complete our task as the 'Guardians of the Flame' - transferring the flame to the Games Torch which was used to light the Games Cauldron and bring the Opening Ceremony to a rousing close.

About Scott Whyte:Scott Whyte is the Chairman of the LETR International Executive Council.
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