There were 10 CRC staff members on the team

There were 10 CRC staff members on the team

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

The California Rehabilitation Center recently hosted their first Anti-Bullying Celebrity Basketball Game.

Sgt. T. Moore and Officer G. Campbell created the Anti-Bullying Celebrity Basketball game and combined it with a way to give a scholarship to a high school senior. The game was held at Chaffey College with the celebrities, ball players and spectators.

The goal of anti-bullying is to stop bullying before it happens by making potential bullies aware that mistreating another person is not acceptable. The ethos of anti-bullying is essentially the golden rule, treating others as you would like to be treated.

Bullying victims are constantly on edge, even if the bully is not physically present. The victim might suffer from paranoia, depression, and panic attacks. Bullying happens to people of all ages and different social backgrounds. According to national statistics, 80 percent of the youth commit suicide due to peer victimization and bullying.

California is one of 40 states with anti-bullying laws and policies.

Sgt. Moore and Officer Campbell said they started the event because they thought it was an important issue.

“We both thought bullying was a big issue in society, so we wanted to put on an event that would bring awareness and help prevent the bullying epidemic our society faces today. Together, we decided to have CRC’s first annual Anti-Bullying Celebrity Basketball Game. Our goal was to identify and empathize with children and young adults of all age groups that have been bullied and to educate the community. From this event, we were able to raise enough funds for an Anti-Bullying Scholarship,” they said in a prepared statement.

Dominique Hicks received a $500 scholarship from CRC.

Dominique Hicks received a $500 scholarship from CRC.

This year’s celebrities were The Rej3ctz, known for their song “Cat Daddy.” Two of the three Rej3ctz, Elviz and Bounce, teamed up with CRC and played against Los Angeles hip hop radio station Power 106. CRC’s team consisted of 10 custody staff, including Capt. T. Pennington, Sgt. M. Graham, and Officers A. Brown, C. Warhop, M. Bryant, A. Pressley, D. Scott, S. Bell, D. Allen and A. Elliott.

Five food trucks were also on site with such offerings as cupcakes, frozen yogurt, sushi, hamburgers and Mexican food. Monster attended to provide free Monster energy drinks to players and fans.

Donations were made by the Black Horse Tavern & Grill, Gameworks, Slater’s 50/50, Starbucks, P. F. Chang’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Joe’s Crab Shack, Lazy Dog Café, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Chick Fil A, Corky’s, Pinkberry, Red Robin, Old Spaghetti Factory, Islands Restaurant, The Hat, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Polly’s Pies, King’s Fish House, P & P Uniforms, Vince’s Spaghetti and Boston Market.

The scholarship was awarded to a high school senior who wrote an essay concerning how bullying affected her and how she was able to overcome it. The recipient of CRC’s First Annual Anti-Bullying college scholarship went to Dominique Hicks, daughter of Sgt. Marlene Chavez from Sierra Conservation Camp-Camp Bautista #36.

Ms. Hicks will be attending Arizona State University in the fall of 2015 and CRC wishes her the best of luck in her future endeavors.

Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins said, “Sometimes children can be so cruel and don’t realize the lasting effect their childhood antics will have on someone’s life and self-esteem. I am very pleased that CRC has staff who are thoughtful and forward thinking enough to establish a program to help those who are unable to help themselves.”

“CRC would like to thank all the business who donated, all those who bought tickets, and all the participants who made this an event to not only remember, but to help bring awareness to the anti-bullying movement,” said organizers.