Truck convoy rolls into S.D. to benefit local Special Olympics athletes
September 05. 2014 9:17AM
On Sept. 19 and 20, law enforcement and truckers across the state of South Dakota will join forces to hold the World’s Largest Truck Convoy (WTLC) for Special Olympics. The streets of Sioux Falls will be lined with an expected 150 trucks as they convoy across the city to celebrate their support of the athletes of Special Olympics.
The convoy will depart from the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds heading north on Louise Avenue. It will then cross Russell Avenue and head toward N. Westport Avenue. The Convoy will then turn east onto 60th Street North and head to Minnesota Avenue, traveling travel south to I-229 and then back to the Fairgrounds.
The international WLTC fundraising and awareness event is a unique partnership between law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics so they can continue to train in year-round sports activities. Officers involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics have made the WTLC one of their annual signature events.
“Special Olympics has a way of bringing everyone together, setting aside differences and building communities of acceptance,” said Darryl Nordquist, Special Olympics South Dakota president/CEO. “The fact that Special Olympics can bring together law enforcement officers and truckers is a testament to how the athletes of Special Olympics are a true inspiration.”
Trucking companies and truckers who want to participate in this year’s event can visit the Convoy’s website at www.sdconvoy.org for more information. The minimum donation to participate in the Special Olympics Convoy is $100 per truck. There will also be an opportunity on Saturday, Sept. 20 to bid for a chance to be the lead truck on the route.
All people are invited to attend the Light Show on Sept. 19 to the route end event, which includes lunch, truck show, auction and presentation of awards at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 20.