Special Olympics Illinois Southwestern Area 12 will host the World’s Largest Truck Convoy (WLTC) which will be held on Saturday, July 16 at CIT Trucks, Inc. located at 2120 Liebler Drive in Troy, IL. Area 12 serves Special Olympics athletes in Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Montgomery, Calhoun, Jersey, Monroe, St. Clair, and Washington Counties.
The Special Olympics Illinois WLTC is part of an international event uniting more than 2,000 truckers in 16 states and 6 Canadian Provinces. The unique partnership between law enforcement and truckers helps raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics so athletes can continue to train in year-round sports activities.
The Troy WLTC will kick off at 5:15 p.m. with drivers checking in, followed by the Truck Convoy starting at 6:30 p.m. The Convoy will travel approximately 25 miles along I-55 and I-270. Special Olympics athletes and families, the community, companies and law enforcement agencies will welcome the truckers as they return to CIT Trucks, Inc. for dinner and a celebration. Guests will be inspired by a speech from a Special Olympics Illinois Global Messenger / athlete.
“Special Olympics has a way of bringing everyone together, setting aside differences and building communities of acceptance,” said Katie Herriott, Manager Development, Torch Run. “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.”
For more information or to register a truck ($100 minimum), visit https://www.soill.org/truck-convoy/ or, call the Southern Regional Special Olympics office in Highland at 618-654-6680.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised $39 million over 30 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 21,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit website at www.soill.org.