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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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August 11, 2017 | North America: Northern California

First-Ever Inmate Flame of Hope Run Raises Thousands of Dollars for Special Olympics

By Ike Dodson

Inmates in the California prison system used wooden or crocheted torches to participate in a torch run and support Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Northern California made history this summer when it organized the first-ever Inmate Flame of Hope Run, which took place inside the California Correctional System.View Story Special Olympics Northern California made history this summer when it organized the first-ever Inmate Flame of Hope Run, which took place inside the California Correctional System. Nearly 200 inmates participated, crafting an array of crocheted and wooden flames and showering volunteers and athletes with support. The inmates donated their own money and their family members also participated by sponsoring their loved ones. Special Olympics Northern California athlete Karissa Krater, a 50-time Special Olympic gold medal winner, participated as well. “The reaction we got here was absolutely incredible,” said Camille Cooney, Special Olympics Northern California’s Associate Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. “It shows the general public there are contributions being made to these athletes from men and women within the correctional system and it also shows our athletes the kind of magic that enables them to do their sports.” More than $6000 was raised to benefit Special Olympics Northern California.

About Ike Dodson:I am the Public Information Officer, Office of Public and Employee Communications, with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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August 11, 2017 | East Asia: Hong Kong

Over 2,900 Disciplinary Officials Run for 2017 Hong Kong Law Enforcement Torch Run

By Special Olympics East Asia Staff

A Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics was successfully held at Sha Tin Sports Ground. View Story 30th April - A Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics was successfully held at Sha Tin Sports Ground. Over 2,900 participants from local disciplinary departments, special schools, social groups and the public ran for ID athletes and raised nearly HK$2 million. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is organized by Special Olympics Hong Kong (SOHK) with the support from 7 local disciplinary departments (Correctional Services Department, Customs and Excise Department, Fire Services Department, Government Flying Service, Hong Kong Police Force, Immigration Department and Independent Commission Against Corruption) and co-organized by Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Hong Kong Sports Association for persons with intellectual disabilities.

About Special Olympics East Asia Staff:Special Olympics East Asia Staff
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July 31, 2017 | North America: Texas

Penny Drives a Huge Success for Texas Law Enforcement Torch Run

By Tela Mange

The Irving (Texas) Police Department started its Penny Drive fundraising program four years ago, and the fundraiser gets larger each year.View Story The Irving (Texas) Police Department started its Penny Drive fundraising program four years ago, and the fundraiser gets larger each year. Irving ISD students and teachers contribute spare change and also purchase LETR shirts to wear at school. As Special Olympics Texas staffer Doug Ray says, “It is a win for everyone.. the schools, the community and the Police Departments.”

About Tela Mange:Tela Mange is a Special Olympics Texas staffer.
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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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