By Lt. Gregory Bergersen, AA/PIO
Valley State Prison

VSP Torch RunThe Valley State Prison (VSP) Torch Run team, led by Warden Ron Davis, carried the Flame of Hope as part of the Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting the Northern California Special Olympics.

The VSP team, along with other Madera County law enforcement teams, carried the Flame of Hope for 22 miles, winding through Madera County.  The Flame of Hope will travel through 28 counties before ending its journey at Aggie Stadium on the University of Davis campus.  The Flame of Hope will be used to light the caldron at the 2014 Northern California Special Olympics Summer Games that begin June 27.

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“This event not only benefits a great cause in the Northern California Special Olympics,” Warden Davis said, “but it allows our staff the opportunity to come together outside of the institution and participate as a team.  We are very proud supporters of the Special Olympics, and the money we raised will go a long way towards providing successful summer games.  These athletes may have hardships, but their spirit in competition and in life serve to inspire all of us.  I am very proud of the effort the entire VSP team put forth.”

There were many fund-raising opportunities and the staff at VSP donated online and participated in many of these events.  In total, VSP raised more than $5,000 for the Northern California Special Olympics.