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.
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/