Special Olympics truck convoy this weekend

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News

(HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.) — Law Enforcement and truckers throughout the United States and Canada will join forces to hold the Sears Centre Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Illinois hosted by the Hoffman Estates and Buffalo Grove Police Departments. The international fundraising and awareness event is a partnership between law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics so the athletes can continue to train in year-round sports activities. Officers involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics have made the Truck Convoy one of their annual signature events.

The 4th Annual Sears Centre Truck Convoy begins at the Sears Centre and law enforcement officers will escort the Convoy approximately 30 miles along Route 59/90 West to Interstate 90 and Route 47 before returning to the starting location. In addition, the event features #SquadHaul; flatbeds and tow trucks are invited to partner with a local police department and haul a marked squad vehicle.

The Sears Centre Truck Convoy is the first of three events held in Illinois this year. On Saturday, September 22, Troy Police Department will host the 3rd Annual Southern Truck Convoy at CIT Trucks in Troy.  October 13 will mark year 14 for the Tinley Park Truck Convoy at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre hosted by Tinley Park Police Department.

In 2017, a total of 230 trucks participated and raised $70,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. Since 2005, the Illinois Convoy has raised more than $575,000 with a total of 750 trucks.

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