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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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November 06, 2017 | North America: Canada

40th Anniversary of the Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day Service

By Superintendent Paul Manuel (Retired), Calgary Police Service

Police and Peace Officer Memorial, Parliament Hill, Ottawa Ontario

September 24th marked the 40th anniversary of the nationally recognized ceremony in Canada that honours police officers killed in the line of duty. The site of the ceremony, held on the last Sunday of every September, is Parliament Hill. In 1978, the first memorial honoured 14 officers. Today, theView Story September 24th marked the 40th anniversary of the nationally recognized ceremony in Canada that honours police officers killed in the line of duty. The site of the ceremony, held on the last Sunday of every September, is Parliament Hill. In 1978, the first memorial honoured 14 officers. Today, the names of over 860 fallen officers are engraved on the Honor Roll tablets. Of those names, one prominent Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteer stands out as an inspiration for those of us who dedicate time and energy to enrich the lives of Special Olympic athletes. Detective Constable Rob Plunkett tragically lost his life in the line of duty on August 2, 2007. Detective Constable Plunkett is immortalized with the annual local Torch Run bearing his name. Additionally, Special Olympics Canada and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police present the Rob Plunkett Award annually, to the LETR Representative who best exemplifies the spirit, philosophy, dedication and goals of the LETR.

About Superintendent Paul Manuel (Retired), Calgary Police Service:Superintendent Paul Manuel is retired from the Calgary Police Service and is a tenured LETR supporter.
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November 03, 2017 | Europe Eurasia: Lithuania

LETR Baltics Kicked Off EWoS in Lithuania

By Vaiva Cojocari

LETR Baltic team ready to kick off European Week of Sport with the Torch Run.

European Week of Sport kicked off with the Baltic Law Enforcement Torch Run in Lithuania. Special Olympics Lithuania athletes and police officers from Latvia, Estonia, Poland, and Ukraine participated in the run and all together covered 2.3 km distance on the famous pedestrian road Laisves Aleja (AlView Story European Week of Sport kicked off with the Baltic Law Enforcement Torch Run in Lithuania. Special Olympics Lithuania athletes and police officers from Latvia, Estonia, Poland, and Ukraine participated in the run and all together covered 2.3 km distance on the famous pedestrian road Laisves Aleja (Alley of Freedom) and the old town in Kaunas city where they brought the Flame of Hope. The LETR team also joined the 55 athletes from the participating countries for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics 7 a-side football tournament “Friendship Cup”. Police officer Ervins Zihmanis who participated in the LETR Baltic Run with Special Olympics Latvia athletes said “this was my first time participating in a Torch Run but I can definitely say it won’t be the last. The event motivated me to replicate the same in Latvia. There has already been some conversation about Special Olympics cooperation with the police in Latvia but now I believe we can lit the “Flame of Hope” in Lviv very soon.”

About Vaiva Cojocari:Special Olympics Lithuania Sports Director
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October 11, 2017 | Asia Pacific: Australia

The Chairman's Corner - October 2018

By Scott Whyte

Another successful LETR International Conference has come and gone. Thanks to the hard work by SO Tennessee, LETR Tennessee and the International Conference Planning Committee, the conference was an amazing success. 1200 attendees (the largest ever) came together to listen, learn and share aboutView Story Another successful LETR International Conference has come and gone.Thanks to the hard work by SO Tennessee, LETR Tennessee and the International Conference Planning Committee, the conference was an amazing success. 1200 attendees (the largest ever) came together to listen, learn and share about ways to improve the lives of our athletes. We recognised the efforts of high achieving individuals and programs with four inductees to the LETR Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame (Ward Webb, Francis Williams, Robert Woolsey and the first ever Honorary award to retired Chief Joe Casey from Tennessee); three John Carion Unsung Hero Award winners (Eric Abt, Rex Caldwell and Elwood Johnson) and two outstanding recipients of the Council Athlete Award (Kevin Brown and Fred Siegel).We celebrated another record year - raising $56,641,000 in 2016. This would would not be possible without the dedication of our law enforcement volunteers.Looking forward to Las Vegas in 2018.

About Scott Whyte:Scott Whyte is the Chairman of the LETR International Executive Council.
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September 20, 2017 | North America: Michigan

SOMI athlete runs Mackinac Bridge with LETR members

By Aaron Mills

From Left to Right: Officer Jeremy Walleman of the Sterling Heights Police Department, Special Olympics Michigan athlete Julian Borst of Kalamazoo, Sergeant Mark Bunting of the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia and Trooper Jim Yeager of the Michigan State Police (Lakeview Post)

Law Enforcement members spent the week of September 11 running across the state as part of a 750-mile relay known as "Central Route", raising money and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. On Wednesday, September 13, one of those athletes, 20-year-old Julian Borst from KalamazooView Story Law Enforcement members spent the week of September 11 running across the state as part of a 750-mile relay known as "Central Route", raising money and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. On Wednesday, September 13, one of those athletes, 20-year-old Julian Borst from Kalamazoo joined Officer Jeremy Walleman of the Sterling Heights Police Department, Trooper Jim Yeager of the Michigan State Police (Lakeview Post), and Sergeant Mark Bunting of the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia in taking the relay across the Mackinac Bridge from St. Ignace to the lower peninsula. The relay ended on Belle Isle near Detroit on Friday, September 15. Borst is an avid runner, training five to 11 miles per day. He's also one of 56 Special Olympics athletes who will represent Michigan at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle next July.

About Aaron Mills:Aaron Mills is the Sr. Marketing and Communications Director for Special Olympics Michigan.
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August 30, 2017 | North America: Canada

Corrections officers ‘jailed’ for Special Olympics Saskatchewan

By Chelsea Fidler

Free Our Finest 2017 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Two of our finest corrections officers volunteered to be jailed up on a scaffolding for the first ever Free Our Finest fundraising event in Saskatchewan.View Story From Aug 18-20, two of our finest corrections officers volunteered their time to be "jailed" up on a scaffolding for the first ever Free Our Finest fundraising event in support of Special Olympics Saskatchewan. Desiree Hesson with Saskatchewan Correctional Centre and Wade Madland with Corrections Canada ascended up the scaffolding at 10:00 AM on Friday and weren’t permitted to descend until Sunday at 2:00 PM or until the event reached its fundraising goal of $20,000. Multiple law enforcement agencies came together for this fundraiser, from Saskatoon Police Service, RCMP, Corrections Canada, Provincial Corrections, Ministry of Environment, and Provincial Sheriffs. With the help of Special Olympics athletes and volunteers, funds were raised through merchandise sales, a BBQ, donations, and selling full water guns that were used to spray down the officers up on the scaffold. This first-time event was a huge success, finishing the weekend with a total of $23,550!

About Chelsea Fidler:Director of Marketing and Development & LETR Liaison for Special Olympics Saskatchewan
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