By Howard Gaines, Community Resources Manager
California Institution for Men

In picture from left  G. Cortez, Chino PD Special Olympics Coordinator, Abbey Leffler, Regional Director Special Olympics Southern California, Warden (A) Tim Perez,  Lt. J. Paredes, AA/PIO and Police Chief Miles Pruitt.

From left, G. Cortez, Chino PD Special Olympics Coordinator, Abbey Leffler, Regional Director Special Olympics Southern California, Warden (A) Tim Perez, Lt. J. Paredes, AA/PIO and Police Chief Miles Pruitt.

California Institution for Men (CIM) donated a check in the amount of $2,156 to the Special Olympics Southern California. The inmates at CIM also donated proceeds to the Special Olympics from a Girl Scout cookie sale which netted the Girl Scouts of America a check in the sum of $1,881.

Warden (A) Tim Perez immediately embraced the fundraising efforts of the inmate population. Giving back to society is an effective rehabilitative component and means a lot to the inmate population and the recipient of the donation.

The California Institution for Men will be participating along with its Community Partner, Chino Police Department in this year’s Special Olympics Law Enforcement 4.3 mile (leg) Torch Run.  The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics Southern California.

The Special Olympics offers free year round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities helping them become physically fit and live happier, healthier, and longer lives.