Special Olympics get boost from Pleasant Valley State Prison inmates

Pleasant Valley State Prison inmates donated more than $3,500 to Special Olympics. Gathered for the special check presentation are, from left, Warden Scott Frauenheim, event organizer Michelle Martin, event sponsor Bertha Lopez, Special Olympics Athlete Stephanie Hammond, Special Olympics Director Ruth Sanchez and PVSP Community Partnership Manager Ryan Nicks.

Pleasant Valley State Prison inmates recently donated more than $3,500 to Special Olympics. Gathered for the special check presentation are, from left, Warden Scott Frauenheim, event organizer Michelle Martin, event sponsor Bertha Lopez, Special Olympics Athlete Stephanie Hammond, Special Olympics Director Ruth Sanchez and PVSP Community Partnership Manager Ryan Nicks.

By Lt. Kirk Geringer, AA/Public Information Officer
Pleasant Valley State Prison

Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) inmates recently donated $3,507.63 to the Northern California Special Olympics.

The funds were raised from a KFC food sale event.

Special Olympics Athlete and spokesperson Stephanie Hammond, Special Olympics Director Ruth Sanchez, PVSP Community Partnership Manager Ryan Nicks visit with the Men’s Advisory Councils at each facility. Hammond and Sanchez spoke of the importance of the donation and what it means to the non-profit organization.

From left, PVSP Community Partnership Manager Ryan Nicks, Special Olympics Athlete and spokesperson Stephanie Hammond and Special Olympics Director Ruth Sanchez visit with the Men’s Advisory Councils at each facility. Hammond and Sanchez spoke of the importance of the donation and what it means to the non-profit organization.

Ruth Sanchez, Director for the Northern California Special Olympics, and Stephanie Hammond, Special Olympics Athlete, visited PVSP to personally thank the inmate population and staff.

They visited with the Men’s Advisory Council (MAC) at each facility to explain the importance of their donations to the Special Olympics.

The funds provide the athletes with the ability to participate and compete in their favorite events on a national level. These events provide social confidence and create a relationship with their local community, according to the organization.

Learn more about Special Olympics

According to its website, “the mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

Read more about Special Olympics at https://www.specialolympics.org/ (Editor’s note: This website may not be accessible by a CDCR computer.)

More InsideCDCR stories on Special Olympics

CDCR employees raised nearly $80,000 for Special Olympics, read story at http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/09/cdcr-employees-raise-nearly-80k-for-special-olympics/

Kern Valley State Prison helps Special Olympics, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/10/special-olympics-athletes-get-help-from-kern-valley-state-prison-staff/

Correctional Training Facility, Salinas Valley State Prison employees run for Special Olympics, read the story at http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/07/correctional-training-facility-and-salinas-valley-state-prison-run-for-run-for-special-olympics/

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