LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Oct. 10, 2016 – CITGO Petroleum Corporation and Special Olympics Arkansas took to the highways of Arkansas for the World’s Largest Truck Convoy® to help raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics’ year-round programs for people with intellectual disabilities. On September 17, the Arkansas leg of the 2016 World’s Largest Truck Convoy® began at the Maverick USA and brought trucks, trailers, buses and other transport vehicles on a trip on I-40 before returning for food, music and fun. This year, CITGO is the Official Fuel Sponsor of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy®.
Bringing together Special Olympics athletes and families in law enforcement and the trucking industry, the World’s Largest Truck Convoy® was founded in 2001 as a way to increase public awareness of Special Olympics’ efforts to build stronger communities where everyone can get involved.
“At CITGO, we share Special Olympics’ commitment to inclusivity nationwide of those with intellectual disabilities,” said Nelson Martínez, president and CEO of CITGO. “Since 2013, our employees have donated nearly 2,000 hours of their time to Special Olympics through charity events and benefits and we are proud of our relationship with the organization for over 15 years.”
“In 2015, 72 trucks took part in the Arkansas Convoy, raising more than $27,000,” said Terri Weir, executive director and CEO of Special Olympics Arkansas. “We appreciate long-term supporters of Special Olympics such as CITGO, which allows us to bring inclusivity to our 15,000 athletes statewide.”
The relationship between CITGO and Special Olympics is built around a mutual passion for promoting inclusion across the country. Last year, CITGO served as the Official Fuel Sponsor for the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, which brought the Flame of Hope from Greece to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. CITGO provided fuel for 36 support vehicles on the three simultaneous routes that passed the Flame of Hope throughout the United States. For more information on the World’s Largest Truck Convoy®, visit http://resources.specialolympics.org/Topics/Torch_Run/About_Truck_Convoy.aspx.
About Special Olympics Arkansas
Special Olympics Arkansas is an organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the state. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics Arkansas is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Arkansas supports 15,000 athletes across the state that compete and train year-round in 20 different Olympic-type sports. In addition to their 240 competitions throughout the state Special Olympics Arkansas offers programming in education and health and wellness. For more information about Special Olympics Arkansas, visit SpecialOlympicsArkansas.org
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.