Driver wins major award for aiding kids with brain cancer

A Georgia driver was recently honored for his work in support of an organization helping children with brain cancer.

Herschel Evans, who drives for Holland, was one of the recipients of the Mike Russell Trucking Image Award given by the American Trucking Associations recently. Evans, who is also one of ATA’s Road Team Captains, was recognized for establishing the Safety Drive for a Cure, a truck safety and skills competition benefitting the Pediatric Brian Tumor Foundation.

Herschel Evans (left) with Scott Ware, president of Holland. (ATA photo)Herschel Evans (left) with Scott Ware, president of Holland. (ATA photo)

Evans, who lives in Bremen, Georgia with his wife Holli, is a two-time 5-axle national driving champion (2011, 2008), and a driver/trainer/mentor for Holland. He has driven for Holland 23 of his 30 years as a city driver in Atlanta, Georgia. Named 2012 Georgia Driver of the Year, Evans placed first in the sleeper category in 2017, and first in the 5-axle category in the 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2006 Georgia TDCs. He was “Rookie of the Year” in 2006.

“To be recognized on a national level for the efforts we make in putting on the Safety Drive for a Cure is truly overwhelming,” said Evans. “This award does not belong to me alone. There is a large and tremendously hard-working group of volunteers who come together to make it happen each year. I humbly accept this award in honor of all those who give their time and support to bring this event to reality each year. It couldn’t have happened without the yearly support of Holland, YRC Freight and YRCW.”

“Greatness can only be reached by those who strive for continuous improvement,” said Scott Ware, president of Holland. “For the past five years hundreds of drivers have travelled from across the U.S.A. to compete in the Safety Drive for a Cure — improving their safety skills — focusing on safety, advocacy and service. Safety leaders such as Herschel help to make our nation’s highways safer for all of us.”

The Mike Russell Trucking Image Award recognizes companies, organizations, and individuals who generate positive awareness of the trucking industry. The award was named in honor of the late Mike Russell, who supported the trucking industry and was a former ATA vice president of public affairs.

Three additional 2017 winners include:

  • Arkansas Trucking Association, Shannon Newton, president
  • industry nonprofit Truckers Against Trafficking
  • carrier Load One

    Accepting for their organizations are, left to right: Shannon Newton (Arkansas Trucking Association), Tony Bradley (Arizona Trucking Association accepting on behalf of Truckers Against Trafficking), John Elliott (Load One) and Herschel Evans (Holland). (John Sommers photo)Accepting for their organizations are, left to right: Shannon Newton (Arkansas Trucking Association), Tony Bradley (Arizona Trucking Association accepting on behalf of Truckers Against Trafficking), John Elliott (Load One) and Herschel Evans (Holland). (John Sommers photo)