Truck Convoy® fundraising event rolls through South Dakota to benefit Special Olympics athletes
September 19. 2013 10:03AM
This Friday and Saturday, 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 100 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 North Westport Avenue. The Convoy will then turn east onto 60th Street North and head to Minnesota Avenue. The Convoy will travel south on Minnesota to I-229 and return back to the Fairgrounds. Please note – the route will no longer include travel along Russell Avenue, due to road construction.
The international fundraising and awareness event, the WLTC, 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. 21 to bid for a chance to be the lead truck on the route.
All people are invited to attend the Light Show on Friday, as well as the route end event, which includes lunch, truck show, auction and presentation of awards at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds on Saturday.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through 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. Currently, Special Olympics South Dakota supports more than 1,700 athletes and 23 sports programs across the state.