Des Moines , IA – On Saturday, September 28, the public is invited to join Iowa’s compassionate army of truck drivers as Iowa’s law enforcement escorts nearly 100 trucks. This day in Iowa is part of the national officially-recognized Guinness World Records World’s Largest Truck Convoy across the nation to raise money for Special Olympics athletes and change attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities.
“This is an amazing and unforgettable day to see the truck convoy and their support for Special Olympics,” said Special Olympics Iowa Director of Development Jeanette Steinfeldt.
Locally on Sept. 28, trucks will start to line up at 8 a.m. with the convoy beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Southwest Connector, exit 101 off the Hwy 5 bypass in West Des Moines. The Convoy will continue on Hwy 5/65 to the University Avenue exit. It will take University Avenue west and enter the Iowa State Fairgrounds at the 33rd Street entrance.
The trucks are expected to arrive at the Fairgrounds at 11:15 a.m. where a barbeque lunch, music and post-party await. “The fun continues when the trucks are welcomed by Special Olympics Iowa athletes, families, friends, colleagues, law enforcement officers, the Special Olympics community, and the organizations and companies that make up the trucking industry,” said Steinfeldt.
Event sponsors for the day include: Antique Truck Historical Society, Burke, DMACC Training Institute, the Iowa Law Enforcement Torch Run, Joe Klee, Johnsrud Trucking, Peterson Contractors, Inc. and Walmart.
Inspired by the powerful impact Special Olympics has had on his life through his participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, combined with his family’s involvement in the trucking industry, Norm Schneiderhan, a Corporal with the Orange County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department, created the convoy 11 years ago and it has now become a national one day celebration of the trucking industry to help raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.
Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), a statewide nonprofit organization, provides high-quality training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties of Iowa. SOIA offers 23 Olympic-style sports to nearly 11,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners year-round. Since 1968, Special Olympics has provided an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health, and celebrates personal achievement. For more information, call 515-986-5520 or visit www.soiowa.org