On Saturday, Sept. 15, truckers in many states will take to the highways to show their support for Special Olympics as part of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy.
So far 30 states and three Canadian provinces are participating in this year’s convoy – and while the majority will run on the Sept. 15 date – some convoys will take place later in the month and into October.
To take part, truck drivers are asked to pay $100 to the Special Olympics contact in their area, then meet at a staging area and convoy to a specific destination on their area’s scheduled day. Once they arrive at their destination, participants are met by Special Olympics athletes, families, friends, fellow truck drivers and law enforcement.
OOIDA member Norm Schneiderhan – or “Corporal Norm” as he is widely known – helped create the World’s Largest Truck Convoy as a way to pay tribute to the powerful impact Special Olympics has had on his life. Schneiderhan is a corporal with the Orange County, FL, Sheriff’s Department.
Last year’s event drew 1,800 trucks in the U.S. and Canada and raised $544,000 for Special Olympics and runs in conjunction with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
For more information about the convoy or to find the Special Olympics representative in your area, visit worldslargesttruckconvoy.com or call (202) 824-0268.