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National Truck Driving Championships Deliver for Minneapolis

National Truck Driving Championships Deliver for Minneapolis


Eric Reller

(703) 838-1896


ARLINGTON, Va.— Those bringing home trophies and gold belt buckles weren’t the only winners at the 2007 National Truck Driving Championships. Thanks to the competitors, families, companies and spectators in the stands, ATA was able to successfully help the Minneapolis community.

The National Truck Driving Championships assisted the American Red Cross in collecting nearly 70 pints of blood from 86 attendees. America’s Road Team Captains drummed up support, helped with the collection and even gave blood themselves.

A donation drive to benefit America’s Second Harvest Heartland, the Minneapolis-based branch of a national network of food banks, also was a success. The fund-raising initiative that united the American Trucking Associations, the Minnesota Trucking Association, companies of competing drivers, driver participants and spectators raised $5,000 to feed the hungry in Minnesota. Minnesota Trucking Association President and CEO John Hausladen and America’s Road Team Captain Chris Serviss delivered the check, along with additional non-perishable items for flood relief, in a “Good Stuff” truck.

NTDC attendees also took the time to sign a banner in remembrance of the I-35W bridge collapse. The banner hung just outside the competition hall, displaying the messages of drivers and families from across the nation. The banner was given to the Minnesota Trucking Association and will be presented later this month.

"The trucking industry is always looking to help those in need," said ATA Vice President Elisabeth Barna. "I am thrilled that we were able to assist the Minneapolis community through our charity drives and also glad that we spent some time remembering those who lost their lives in the bridge collapse. This industry is about community and family, so I’m glad we were able to deliver life's necessities to the state of Minnesota."

The National Truck Driving Championships included nearly 400 top professional truck drivers from around the nation competing in Minneapolis Aug. 21-25. The NTDC annually attracts more than 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators. For more information, including a list of winners, visit the 2007 National Truck Driving Championships Web site: http://www.truckline.com/2k7ntdc.

*Editor’s Note: High-resolution photos of the Second Harvest Heartland check presentation, blood drive, banner signing and other NTDC events are available.

ATA helped raise $5,000 for the Minneapolis branch of America's Second Harvest Heartland.


For more information on participating organizations visit:

America’s Road Team: http://www.americasroadteam.com

America’s Second Harvest Heartland: http://www.2harvest.org 

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org 

American Trucking Associations: http://www.truckline.com

Minnesota Trucking Association:  http://www.mntruck.org

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.