The RJ Donovan team was ready for the Polar Plunge. The facility raised $11,000 for Special Olympics.

The RJ Donovan team was ready for the Polar Plunge. The facility raised $11,000 for Special Olympics.

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

On a recent Sunday afternoon, the team from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) took the plunge for Special Olympics.

Chief Deputy Warden Gary Stratton carried the Special Olympics torch into Aquatica San Diego, along with Special Olympics athlete Tanner Moore.

Chief Deputy Warden Gary Stratton carried the Special Olympics torch into Aquatica San Diego, along with Special Olympics athlete Tanner Moore.

The May 22 event drew teams from all over the region with RJDCF serving as the presenting sponsor for the San Diego Polar Plunge. The institution raised $11,000 through inmate fundraisers and staff donations. Overall, the Plunge generated over $55,000 for Special Olympic athletes.

As the presenting sponsor of the Plunge, Chief Deputy Warden Gary Stratton carried the Special Olympics torch into Aquatica San Diego, along with Special Olympics athlete Tanner Moore who plays floor hockey and basketball.

RJDCF also participated in the Chief’s Challenge, which was a swimming relay race between law enforcement agencies in San Diego. Each Chief of the Law Enforcement agency was the captain of a team which consisted of several employees.

San Diego Police Department, US Border Patrol and Coronado Police Department were a few of the participating agencies.

The RJDCF team was captained by Chief Deputy Warden Stratton and featured Associate Warden David Holbrook, Classification and Parole Representative Angie Pope, Correctional Officer Javier Delavega, Community Resources Manager Robert Brown, Executive Assistant Esmeralda Delavega, Personnel Specialist Allison Ignacio, and Case Records Technician Christopher Olsson.

Polar Plunge participants compete in the relay.

Polar Plunge participants compete in the relay.