NORMAL, Ill., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Law enforcement and truckers throughout the United States and Canada will join forces once again this fall for the World's Largest Truck Convoy to benefit Special Olympics. Truckers throughout Illinois are invited to join the annual Illinois convoy on Saturday, September 28 in Tinley Park.
The Illinois Truck Convoy begins at 10 a.m. from First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, and travels along Interstates 80 and 57 and back to the Amphitheatre – about a 22 mile trip for a great cause. The ending celebration – open to the public – includes food, music and the opportunity to meet some grateful Special Olympics Illinois athletes. Many truckers bring their families along for the ride.
Trucking companies and truckers who want to participate in this year's event can visit the Special Olympics Illinois website at www.soill.org/convoy for more information and a registration packet. The minimum donation to participate in the Special Olympics convoy is $100 per truck. Trucking companies can also bid to win the coveted spot of leading the convoy.
The World's Largest Truck Convoy is a fundraising and awareness event that creates a unique partnership between law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics so athletes 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 many annual signature events.
"Special Olympics has a way of bringing everyone together, setting aside differences and building atmospheres of acceptance," said Tom Reasoner, Assistant Director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run. "The fact that Special Olympics can bring together law enforcement and truckers is a testament to how the athletes of Special Olympics are a true inspiration."
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 21,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms 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, call 800-394-0562 or visit the website at www.soill.org
SOURCE Special Olympics Illinois