Randolph Boswell (left) and Randy Schwartzenburg at the Red Eye Radio Party.

Randolph Boswell (left) and Randy Schwartzenburg at the Red Eye Radio Party.

Randolph Boswell, a driver for Southern Refrigerated Transport, Texarkana, Ark., was selected as the Darrell Hicks Memorial Ambassador of the Year for the year 2013 by Trucker Buddy International. The award was presented at the Red Eye Radio Party at Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Ky., March 21. 

Boswell has been an active Trucker Buddy for over seven years and an Ambassador for almost 5 years.

"Randy has been an excellent Ambassador for Trucker Buddy. He's sacrificed his time and energy to help us recruit other drivers into the program and to represent Trucker Buddy at key industry trade shows,” said Randy Schwartzenburg, Trucker Buddy executive director.

Ambassadors are seasoned and veteran Trucker Buddies who feel the need to help Trucker Buddy by working trade show booths, recruiting drivers at truck stops and offering meaningful suggestions to help improve the program.

Named for the late Darrell Hicks, long time Trucker Buddy, Board Member and Ambassador, the award is bestowed upon select individuals who are selected by K.C. Brau, President of Trucker Buddy, and John Waldvogel, Head Ambassador for Trucker Buddy.

Trucker Buddy International, an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, often called the number one trucking image campaign in North America, has helped educate schoolchildren and introduce educators to the trucking industry.  This gives them the world through the eyes of a professional truck driver.  The Trucker Buddy program helps to educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8 as supervised by their teachers.

After an extensive screening process, the professional truck drivers are matched with a class and as directed by the teacher, drivers share news about their travels with their class. Students write letters and send pictures to their drivers. Students' skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history are enhanced and learning is made fun.

Since 1992, Trucker Buddy International has helped educate over a million schoolchildren and introduced them to caring, compassionate men and women, professional truck drivers.  The on-going success of the program is due to driver volunteers, participating teachers and the contributions of sponsors.  There is no cost to the drivers or teachers to participate in the program. The Trucker Buddy program is funded entirely by sponsorships and donations.