Due to RJDCF being a top fundraiser for the Special Olympics, Capt. Francisco Armenta, right, was one of the select few San Diego Law Enforcement officials who received the honor to escort Special Olympic athletes on to the field.

Due to RJDCF being a top fundraiser for the Special Olympics, Capt. Francisco Armenta, right, was one of the select few San Diego Law Enforcement officials who received the honor to escort Special Olympic athletes on to the field.

San Diego hosts 3 days leading up to World Games in Los Angeles

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

The “world” has come to San Diego.

On July 23, as many as 1,420 Special Olympic athletes from 17 countries visited Petco Park to watch the Padres take on the Marlins.

The San Diego region hosted three days leading up to Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) took part in the festivities during the first game. Due to RJDCF being a top fundraiser for the Special Olympics, Capt. Francisco Armenta was one of the select few San Diego law enforcement officials who received the honor to escort Special Olympic athletes on to the field.

San Diego’s own Tom Selby, a Special Olympic athlete who has won over 19 medals, threw out the first pitch.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games opened July 25 in Los Angeles. The games featured competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, soccer and many other summer sports involving 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.