Special Olympics to have caravan across state

The Herald Staff

Special Olympics Kansas is attempting to keep up with the ever-changing COVID-19 world.

The organization will sponsor an all-vehicle, statewide convoy to benefit over 4,500 athletes. Drivers across Kansas will gather on Sept. 12 to drive a collective 3,000 miles for Special Olympics Kansas athletes.

COVID-19 has caused SOKS to veer away from its traditional annual Truck Convoy to now bring the Convoy to the local citizens and neighbors of Special Olympics athletes. Instead of trucks parading through the state all at once, Kansas residents will support the 2020 Convoy by displaying a decal on their vehicle Sept. 12.

As a part of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, the movement will raise awareness and funds for over 4,500 Kansans with intellectual disabilities who compete in over 20 year-round sports.

Those who register or sponsor the Convoy before Sept. 12 will receive official 2020 Convoy decals and mileage logs via mail. On Sept. 12, participants will display the decal on their vehicles, take photos, and document their mileage.

No official parades will be held that day. Rather, participants will document their mileage for the day as they work, play or explore Kansas.

SOKS hopes to log over 3,000 miles driven across the state of Kansas in one day.

Registration is open to any road-safe vehicle. Owners and operators of semi-trucks, classic cars, motorcycles, work trucks, farm tractors, grain trucks or any other vehicle are welcome to join. Participants are required to display the decal and return the mileage log for documentation. Sponsorships spots are also available, and sponsors can register online or via mail.