By Lt. Robert Kelsey, AA/PIO
Sierra Conservation Center
At the Sierra Conservation Center, Warden (A) Joel Martinez, Community Resource Manager Dameion Renault, and Lt. Robert Kelsey teamed up with members from the California Highway Patrol and Sonora Police Department for the Fourth Annual Badges and Hoops fundraiser.
This event was organized to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics of Northern California, Tuolumne County area.
The event raised much needed funds for the athlete’s uniforms, training, and travel for the 11 different sports provided to the 1,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the community.
As with years past the badges team lost to the Special Olympians who outmatched and outplayed the officers.
Warden (A) Martinez said, “This is such a worthwhile cause. We plan on participating for years to come, and my hope is to expand staff participation.”
The Special Olympians played two games and put on a skills and drills demonstration for the crowd of paid attendees who cheered enthusiastically.
The Special Olympics moto of “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” was carried throughout the event by the many athletes who participated.