The trucking industry and law enforcement raised more than $90,000 when 136 trucks participated in the 9th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) presented by Quad/Graphics on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
Law enforcement officials escorted the trucks along a 53-mile route down U.S. Highway 41 from the Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield to the EAA Grounds in Oshkosh to celebrate their support of Special Olympics athletes and to mark the end of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Wisconsin
136 trucks participated in the 9th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
The morning started at 9:30 a.m. with a ceremony and live auction for the lead truck spots. Truckers also bid to have celebrity guests Corianne Strupp, Miss Collegiate Wisconsin America 2013, and Edgar Hansen of the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” sponsored by E.H. Wolf & Sons Inc., ride alongside them during the journey.
SOWI athletes and families gathered on overpasses to wave signs of encouragement and greeted the truckers with cheers as they pulled into their destination. The event concluded with food, raffle prizes, another auction and award presentations.
The Wisconsin Convoy has raised more than $695,600 since 2005 to benefit people with intellectual disabilities and to garner support for America’s truckers, the organization said in a press release.
The convoy takes place in more than 20 states and four Canadian provinces. Its partner is the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which is a grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle bringing law enforcement officials together with Special Olympics athletes.
Convoy supporters included Quad/Graphics and founding partners the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, the Waupun Truck-N-Show and Convoy hosts, the Pioneer Travel Plaza and EAA.
SOWI is a statewide organization that unleashes the transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world. Through work in sports, health, education, and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance, and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. With the support of coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in 17 Olympic-type sports to nearly 10,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Kwik Trip and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Mission Partners of SOWI, enable the organization to hold more than 500 competitions annually throughout the state. Join the online community by following SOWI on Twitter and Facebook. For more information, visit SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org or call 800-552-1324.