Truckers and law enforcement from across Wisconsin came together on September 14 for the annual Truck Convoy®. The Truck Convoy® is a unique, one-day celebration that helps raise money and awareness for the more than 10,000 athletes currently competing in Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Law enforcement escorted the convoy of trucks throughout communities across Wisconsin, starting from the Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield and traveling on Interstate 41 to the EAA grounds in Oshkosh. Members of the community cheered, held up signs and waved flags along the convoy’s route.
After they arrived, truckers and law enforcement were greeted by the Special Olympics community and recognized for their support with music performances, lunch, an award ceremony and celebratory party.
Six of Xtreme Trucking’s employees participated in Wisconsin’s Truck Convoy®. Driver Tracy Schumacher’s Military Appreciation-themed 2020 Volvo VNL 760 led Xtreme’s group of drivers, followed by Ruth Schwobe and wife Lisa, Chad Ruelle, Adam Dart and his daughter, Caleb Westbrook and wife Stephanie, and Craig Waters with his foreign exchange student, Martin, from Madrid, Spain.
“This year was my sixth year in a row participating in the convoy,” said Craig Waters, Xtreme Trucking’s recruiting manager. “Seeing the joy on these kids’ faces as they look up to us like heroes is one of the most heartwarming experiences I have ever had. I am proud to work for a company that supports our local community through this event and many others. I am already looking forward to leading another group of drivers in the 2020 Truck Convoy for Special Olympics of Wisconsin.”
The Xtreme team raised a combined total of $2,980 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. And with $1,350 in pledges, Xtreme driver Ruth Schwobe was presented an award for raising the most online donations.
Truck Convoys® take place in 32 states and two provinces in Canada. To participate, truckers simply donate a $100 entry fee. Semi-trucks, truck trailer combinations, lowboy trailers, dump trucks, flatbeds, buses, large tow trucks, and large box trucks are all welcome.
182 trucks participated in Wisconsin’s 2019 Truck Convoy®, raising nearly $100,000. Since 2005, Wisconsin’s Truck Convoy® has donated more than $1.2 million to Special Olympics Wisconsin.
The Truck Convoy® is made possible through the efforts of local law enforcement who help annually with traffic control and logistical planning.
About Special Olympics Wisconsin
Special Olympics Wisconsin is a statewide organization of the Special Olympics movement that unleashes the transformative power and joy of sports everyday around the world. Through work in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics has been empowering people with intellectual disabilities for 50 years, leading to a more welcoming and inclusive society. With the support of donors, coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics Wisconsin provides year-round sports training and more than 100 athletic events in 18 Olympic-type sports to 10,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.
About Xtreme Trucking
Owner Travis Nelson founded Xtreme Trucking in 2007 with just one truck and a leased refrigerated trailer. Since then, it’s emerged as one of the most progressive and fastest-growing carriers in the Midwest. With decades of experience behind the wheel and running logistics, the Xtreme Team can handle ANY load a customer needs shipped. Long haul, hazmat, dry van, or refrigerated transportation are all within the company’s repertoire. Headquartered in Maribel, WI, Xtreme Trucking partners with almost every major shipper in the refrigerated truck field, including many well-known household brands.