RJ Donovan staff carry torch for Special Olympics

The Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility team was ready to run on June 2. In the back row, from left, are Regina Evans, the son of an employee (name withheld) and Victor Sosa. In the middle are Mario Hernandez, Laura Medina, Robert Brown and Brandon Self. In front is David Holbrook.

The Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility team was ready to run on June 2. In the back row, from left, are Regina Evans, the son of an employee (name withheld) and Victor Sosa. In the middle are Mario Hernandez, Laura Medina, Robert Brown and Brandon Self. In front is David Holbrook.

Correctional Facility was top fundraising agency in San Diego County

By Robert Brown, Community Resource Manager
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) was the number one agency in San Diego County for fundraising for the Special Olympics, raising more than $3,000.

As a whole, San Diego County Law Enforcement has raised almost $60,000 for the Special Olympics of Southern California.

On June 2, RJDCF employees ran a leg and carried the Olympic Torch as a part of the Olympic Torch Run from San Diego to Los Angeles. Those taking part in the run were Associate Warden David Holbrook, Fire Chief Mario Hernandez, Correctional Counselor II Victor Sosa, CCII Brandon Self, CCI Laura Medina, Use of Force Coordinator Regina Evans and Community Resource Manager Robert Brown.

A Special Olympics athlete and Special Olympics Global Messenger, Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano, Warden Daniel Paramo, and other Law Enforcement leaders lit the Special Olympic Torch to be carried from San Diego to Los Angeles by local law enforcement and military police.

Special Olympics of San Diego Region enriches the lives of more than 1,400 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities through sports, education and athlete health. This year is extra special since Southern California is set to welcome the Special Olympic World games which have more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.

According to organizers, it’s a world stage for the athletes to demonstrate on the playing field their courage, determination and spirit of sportsmanship.

Staff from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility carry the torch for Special Olympics.

Staff from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility carry the torch for Special Olympics.

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