CDCR, county probation team takes gold in women’s basketball

By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center

Correctional Officer Grace Campbell was on a gold-medal winning basketball team during the recent Police and Fire Olympics in San Diego.

Correctional Officer Grace Campbell was on a gold-medal winning basketball team during the recent Police and Fire Olympics in San Diego.

In early June, Correctional Officer Grace Campbell participated in the 2015 US Police and Fire Olympics in San Diego.

Officer Campbell, along with women from California Institution for Women and the San Bernardino Probation Department, played on the gold-medal winning women’s five-on-five basketball team.

The 49th Annual US Police and Fire Olympics were held in San Diego from May 30 through June 6 at venues throughout the county.

Athletes from police, fire, corrections, and border protection agencies from all 50 states competed.

Officer Campbell has played basketball since she was 12 years old. She played at a Division 1 University and in Germany for a few years. She is currently on her fourth year as head coach of a high school girls’ varsity basketball team.

“It’s a privilege to play basketball and represent the Department and California Correctional Peace Officers Association who help fund our team jerseys in the United States Police and Fire Games,” she said. “On behalf of me and the San Bernardino Probation Department, we would like to say thank you for all the help and support from our co-workers. Lastly, thank you to the staff that swapped shifts with me that allowed me to play in the event.”

CDCR team wins bronze in softball in Police and Fire Championships

By CDCR Staff

The City of San Diego recently hosted the United States Police and Fire Championships.

The Championships first began in 1967 by Veon “Duke” Nyhus promoting physical fitness and camaraderie among the members of the law enforcement community, which later incorporated the firefighting community as well.

Staff from four prisons joined forces to front a softball team. A U.S. Border Patrol agent was also a member of the team.

Staff from four prisons joined forces to front a softball team. A U.S. Border Patrol agent was also a member of the team.

This year, in celebrating its 49th year of existence, the championship comprised 33 events ranging from Archery, Tennis, Triathlon and Softball to Water Polo with approximately 3,000 participating athletes, all held within 35 venues throughout San Diego County. The event ran from May 30 through June 6.

On May 30-31, a combination team of staff from five prisons, dubbed the “Rebels,” participated in the Men’s Softball 18-and-over Open Division. With 16 teams from across the nation competing, the Rebels managed to be the only CDCR team in this division making it to the medal round and receiving a Bronze Medal. The CDCR team also featured a member of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The combination team consisted of the following staff:

  • Mike Rodriguez, Avenal State Prison
  • Sal Flores, Avenal State Prison
  • Mike Betancourt, Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
  • Steve Sanchez, Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
  • Lupe Rodriguez, Valley State Prison
  • Armando Delos Santos, Valley State Prison
  • Ryan Coulter, Valley State Prison
  • Wesley Bourba, Valley State Prison
  • Steve Rodriguez, Valley State Prison
  • Alex Alva, Central California Women’s Facility
  • Michael Alonzo, Central California Women’s Facility
  • John Guerrero, United States Border Patrol

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For more information on the United States Police and Fire Championships, it may be found at https://www.uspfc.org/.