World's largest truck convoy to make journey for Special Olympics

Truckers team together to raise money for the Nebraska Special Olympics. (KSNB)

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Saturday morning people could be seeing the world's largest truck convoy headed up Highway 281. The convoy is all about raising funds for the Special Olympics. There will be athletes riding in the trucks to meet at the Bosselman Travel Center.

Police officers and truckers enjoy this event because they get to foster relationships with the athletes that only grow stronger every year.

“In the five or so years I have been involved in the truck convoy, these truckers have shown they have the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met,” Hastings Police Department Captain Mike Doremus said. “They will do anything for these athletes just to put a smile on their face to get them involved in the activities.”

The athletes also get to spend time with their friends through the games. Last year they raise tens of thousands of dollars and this year they hope to beat their goal of having 50 trucks in the convoy.

“Once those athletes get in those trucks they are all smiles,” Capt. Doremus said. “There are smiles even before they get in the trucks but this is something that is very special to them and something they just never forget. They keep coming back year after year.”

There will be a ceremony at 9 am at the Adams County Fairgrounds and the convoy will head for Grand Island at 10. After the trip is over, there will be a meal served and a chance for athletes to spend time together.