Special Olympics Truck convoys roll out in September

| 8/30/2013

Truckers who participate in the World’s Largest Convoy events join an army of athletes, statesmen, musicians and other celebrities who actively support Special Olympics. People like Nelson Mandela, Michael Phelps, Quincy Jones, Jackie Chan, Bono, Apolo Ohno, Vanessa Williams and more.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It evolved from a day camp started in 1962 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver at her home in Potomac, Md., because kids with those disabilities had no place to play. She officially announced the founding of Special Olympics in 1968 and the rest, as they say, is history.

The 2013 World’s Largest Truck Convoy will take place in various locations. Below are some of the events that are happening in September.  For more information, please visit the Special Olympics website or check with the Special Olympics office in your state or province.

Virginia, Sept. 14
For information, contact Debbie Apperson at 877-874-7462 or email at

Montana, Sept. 20-21
The Montana leg of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy will take place Sept. 20 and 21 in Billings. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Friday, with the convoy taking off at 10 a.m. Saturday. A silent auction, barbecue and awards ceremony will follow.

For information, contact Brandon Ihde at 406-657-3060, ext. 0316, (ihdeb@ci.billings.mt.us) or Sheryl Shockley at 406-855-3790 (robogrammie@gmail.com).

Nebraska, Sept. 20-21
This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Truck Convoy in Nebraska. On Friday, Sept. 20, there will be a picnic, softball game, raffle and other activities. On Sept. 21, the truck convoy will travel from Hastings to Grand Island via Highway 281. Afterward there will be a cookout for lunch, an auction and an awards ceremony at Bosselman’s.

For more information, contact Katie Ryan 800-247-0105 (kryan@sone.org) or Roger Duering at 402-469-4348, or visit www.sone.org.

South Dakota. Sep. 20-21
The 2013 South Dakota Convoy and Truck Show is Sept. 20-21at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls. Texas Hold'em Poker tournament, truck light show. Convoy takes off at 10:15 a.m. with a truck show, auction and raffle afterward. For information, visit sdconvoy.org or call Marty Ellis at 417-291-0202.

Arkansas, Sept. 21
Sept. 21 is the date for the World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Arkansas. Truckers will gather at the ABF Terminal in North Little Rock, Ark., at 8 a.m., with the convoy departing at 10 a.m. The event features music, a lunch, a live auction and more. For information, contact Shelly Yielding at Special Olympics Arkansas, 501-771-0222. For a preregistration form, click here.

North Carolina, Sept. 21
On Saturday, Sept. 21, truckers will gather at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC. The convoy begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by a group photo, lunch, a raffle drawing and awards. For more information, visit www.nctruckconvoy.com/.

North Dakota, Sept. 21
Truckers meet up on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, N.D. For more information, call the state Special Olympics office at Phone: 701-746-0331 or visit specialolympicsnorthdakota.org/home/.

South Carolina, Sept. 21
On Saturday, Sept. 21, truckers will meet at the grounds of the SC Department of Public Safety in Columbia, S.C. The celebration afterward includes a picnic, a live band (Steele Justice), dunk-a-cop dunking booth, jump castle, massages and games of all kinds – followed by an awards ceremony. For more information, contact Deborah Jacobs at 803-772-1555, ext. 301, or visit the website.

Wisconsin, Sept. 21
On Saturday, Sept. 21, the truck convoy starts at Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield, Wis., and ends in Oshkosh. For more information contact Julie Buedding at 608-222-1324 (JBuedding@SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org) or visit specialolympicswisconsin.org/.

Missouri, Sept. 26-28
This year’s show takes place from Thursday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Sept. 28. See Land Line’s story Chrome Shop Mafia’s truck show hopes to smash records for more details.

Minnesota, Sept. 27-28
The World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics’ Minnesota leg will take place as part of a two-day event Sept. 27 and 28 at the National Sports Center and Schwan Event Center in Blaine, Minn. Registration will start Friday afternoon, followed by a barbecue. A breakfast and raffle will precede the convoy, which takes off at 10 a.m. The event will wrap up with another barbecue and awards.

For information, contact Kathy Karkula, Development Director for Special Olympics Minnesota at karkulak@hotmail.com or 612-789-2081.

Illinois, Sept. 28
Saturday, Sept. 28, is the date for the Illinois leg of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy. Trucks will gather at 8 a.m., with the convoy departing at 10 a.m. from the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Ill.

For more information, contact Matt Johnson of Special Olympics Illinois at 800-394-0562 or mjohnson@soill.org.

Iowa, Sept. 28
The Iowa leg of the Special Olympics benefit will also take off Sept. 28, with truckers gathering at 8 a.m. and the convoy departing at 10:30 a.m. from Exit 101 on Highway 5. After the trucks return, a lunch, prize presentation and silent auction will follow.
For more information, contact: 515-986-5520 or go to www.soiowa.org.

, Sept. 14
The convoy starts at 11 a.m. at the Oak Bluff Recreation Hall and travels along the Perimeter Highway.Call 888-333-9179 for more information or click here.

Ontario, Sept. 14
Truckers meet at the Paris, Ontario, fairgrounds. For more information, contact Cody Jansma at 416-447-8326, ext: 26 (codyj@torchrunontario.com) or for a preregistration form, click here.

Saskatchewan, Sept. 14
Please join Special Olympics Sasketchewan for its 2013World's Largest Truck Convoy from Saskatoon to Regina.  For more information, contact Rick Sanden at 306-706-9401 (rsandan@specialolympics.sk.ca) or visit www.specialolympics.sk.ca/.

Nova Scotia, Sept. 21
Truckers meet on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the “F Hangar,” 12 Wing Shearwater, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For the latest info, call 866-299-2019, ext. 2, orvisit truckconvoyns.ca or facebook.com/truckconvoyns.