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Convoy to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes

Sacha SanguinettiAugust 20, 2018

COLBY, Kan. – Dozens of vehicles are expected to take part in the 12th annual Northwest Kansas Truck Convoy, September 8, 2018 to benefit Special Olympics athletes.

“The money raised will make sports training and competition possible for Northwest Kansasindividuals with intellectual disabilities,” Heather Waters, Special Olympics Kansas spokesperson said. “We have a lot of athletes in that area of the state who take part in many of the 20 sports we offer year round and this event keeps them on the field year after year.”

In 2017, one car, 19 motorcycles and 28 big rigs took part in the convoy which departs Oakley and Goodland and heads towards Colby along Interstate 70 each year.

This year event organizers are hoping even more people will participate.

“We have about 70 athletes in Northwest Kansas,” Luke Schulte, Special Olympics Kansas Senior Vice President of Development said. “I’d love to have one truck for each athlete.”

To be part of the convoy participants with vehicles having four wheels or fewer pay an entry fee of $25. Trucks with five or more wheels pay $100.

Entry fees cover the convoy, one goodie bag, dinner and entertainment in Colby. Additional riders, friends and family are encouraged to participate and invited to join dinner for a freewill donation.

Registration starts at 3 p.m. CDT at the Mittens TA Travel Plaza in Oakley and 2 p.m. MDT at the 24-7 Travel Store in Goodland with the convoy starting one hour later at each location.

The convoy is expected to arrive at the Oasis-Petro Travel Center located at 700 W Horton in Colby at 5 p.m. CDT.

After the vehicles arrive there will be food, an auction and entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a light show parade, Schwann’s Community Ice Cream Social and Taz’s Fireworksshow.

For more information or to register, contact Schulte by phone or email at 620-408-4450 [email protected]

SPONSORS

Guardian sponsors for the Northwest Kansas Truck Convoy include Casey’s General Store, Medicalodges, Kalmar, and Lee. Platinum sponsors include AIG, Hoxie Hottrodders, TruckInsurance Mart Inc. and ZD’s Meats.

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ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS KANSAS

Special Olympics Kansas is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. Offering year-round initiatives to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Kansas is a platform for acceptance and inclusion as well as one of the largest advocates for healthy lifestyles in the state – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences. Together we are building communities of inclusion in towns across Southwest Kansas.

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