More trucks needed for Charlotte Leg – Sept. 15, 2012
Charlotte, NC – Law enforcement and the trucking industry throughout North Carolina will join forces to hold a leg of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics in Charlotte on Saturday Sept. 15, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. The Charlotte leg will take place at the Verizon Amphitheater. Officers involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics have made the World’s Largest Truck Convoy one of their many annual signature events.
“Special Olympics brings everyone together and truly builds an atmosphere of acceptance,” said Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina. “We are honored that the trucking industry and law enforcement teams up to support our mission.”
The Charlotte leg of the Convoy is part of an international event which will unite more than 4,000 truckers in more than 30 states and two Canadian Provinces. Truckers in North Carolina will traverse 28 miles in Charlotte and then celebrate with local Special Olympics athletes during lunch.
Trucking companies and truckers who want to participate in this year’s event can visit the Special Olympics North Carolina website at www.specialolympicsnc.com for more information and a registration form. The minimum donation to participate in the Special Olympics convoy is $100 per truck. Truckers can also fundraise by creating their own personal webpage at www.firstgiving.com/sonc. The trucker to raise the most funds wins the honor of leading the Convoy. All trucks must be of 10-GVW or larger. Semi-trucks, truck/trailer combinations, large trucks, low-boys, dump trucks, flat beds, buses, large tow trucks, large box trucks, etc. are all eligible. No hazardous materials or trucks with alcohol or tobacco names or logos are permitted.
The World’s Largest Truck Convoy was conceived in 2001 by Corp. Norm Schneiderhan special project coordinator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Schneiderhan, who drove a truck for about three years in his father’s trucking company before he entered the field of law enforcement, launched the event for Special Olympics as a way to call attention to the organization among truckers.
The public is invited to attend the event at the Verizon Amphitheater in Charlotte from 9 a.m. to Noon. The North Carolina Truck Convoy event sponsors include: Con-way Freight, CommScope and Quality Custom Distribution Services, Blue Rhino, UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, Hooters and Verizon Amphitheater.
About NC Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international fundraising event for Special Olympics. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 3.5 million children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. More than 38,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics in North Carolina, making it one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is officially endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the National Association of School Resource Officers, NC Association of School Resource Officers, NC Department of Justice and the NC Department of Public Safety.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.