World’s Largest Truck Convoy Supports Special Olympics
September 8th, 2018, The Truck Convoy® is a unique one-day celebration of the trucking industry and its support of Special Olympics. Local law enforcement makes special dispensation and escort a convoy of trucks up to 50 miles through their town.
Two starting locations – Oakley (Mitten’s Travel Plaza) & Goodland (24/7 Travel Store) to Colby (Oasis Travel Center)
Inspired by the powerful impact Special Olympics had on his life through his participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, combined with his family’s involvement with the trucking industry, Norm Schneiderhan, a Corporal with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, created the Truck Convoy, a one-day celebration of the trucking industry to help raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Goodland and Colby locations participated with the North West Kansas Region Convoy.
Chester the Chicken (Ryan Ray; Goodland 24/7 General Manager) posing with law enforcement leading the convoy.
Truckers meet at a staging location and are escorted in convoy to a predetermined destination, such as a raceway, fairgrounds or truck stop, where they are welcomed by the Special Olympics community – athletes, families, friends, colleagues, law enforcement officers, and the organizations, companies and agencies that make up the trucking industry. A celebration – a picnic, barbecue, awards ceremony, etc. is held to recognize participating truckers and the support of the trucking industry. Whatever form the celebration takes, the message is the same: “Thank you for your support of Special Olympics athletes and for keeping our communities moving!”
Goodland 24/7 staff that assisted are: Patience Grant, Christen Lovitt, Ryan Ray, Liza Marchbanks, Chantel Coates, and Adare Webster