Over fifty trucks and over thirty companies took part in Rhode Island's first Torch Run Truck Convoy® for Special Olympics, September 22, 2019.
Co-hosted by Special Olympics Rhode Island, the Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Trucking Association, the convoy rolled out from the Travel Centers of America in West Greenwich with a police escort, drove up Route 95 to Route 295 and returned to West Greenwich through Providence via Routes 146 and 95. The public cheered on the convoy at the Lincoln Blackstone Visitor's Center on Route 295 North. Participants enjoyed complimentary full breakfast provided by Twin Catering and, upon their return to Travel Centers, lunch courtesy Dan's Place.
Drivers, volunteers & sponsors socialized and enjoyed breakfast before the Convoy rolled.
"This turned out to be a great day and a great event in support of our Special Olympics Athletes," said Chris Maxwell, President of the Rhode Island Trucking Association. "I am grateful to all who participated and made the event a success. We are looking forward to making this an annual event."
An international awareness and fundraising event, the Truck Convoy® is a unique partnership between law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics so athletes can continue to train in year-round sports and health-related activities.
The convoy was led by Premium Sponsors Wesco Oil and Willy's Precision Towing.
Special Olympics athlete James, second from left, poses with Convoy volunteers in a uniform given to him by his UPS friends.
Big Turnout for Rhode Island's First Annual Torch Run Truck Convoy for Special Olympics RI
All proceeds raised by the convoy went to Special Olympics Rhode Island and enable Rhode Island athletes to train and compete free of charge. Click here for more information about Special Olympics Rhode Island.
Thanks to the following for participating and making Rhode Island's first Torch Run Truck Convoy® a notable success!