Del. Special Olympics truck convoy going partially virtual
HARRINGTON, Del. – For the past 17 years, the Special Olympics of Delaware has teamed up with truckers to raise money for their programs. But this year they’re going partially virtual. “This is going to be our first in person event since COVID-19 started. But we realized with any in person event you also have to offer a virtual event in this day in age. It may be that way forever. Basically truckers can register just like they would if they were coming to the event on Saturday,” said SODE Director of Media Relations Job Buzby.
About 200 truckers are expected to take part in the truck convoy. This year truckers are invited to participate virtually by making a donation and logging their miles. “The exciting thing is we have 197 trucks that are coming to the fairgrounds to be part of the police escorted convoy. But we’re also excited to see others doing it virtually who can’t make it because of schedule reasons, or because of COVID-19,” said Buzby.
Buzby says that although participating is limited to the drivers and volunteers, it was still important to figure out a way to keep fundraising going for Special Olympics athletes. “It’s important to bring in that money to really move our movement forward in terms of providing sports training and competition for more than 4,300 athletes who are back practicing and back training under very strict social distancing guidelines,” said Buzby.
Buzby says that over the years, the convoy event has raised more than 650 thousand dollars for the Special Olympics. He says that even though people can’t gather at specific locations to watch – he hopes folks along the route will come outside and see the trucks go by. The convoy begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.