By Dameion Renault, Community Resources Manager
Sierra Conservation Center

Sierra Conservation Center partnered with Northern California Special Olympics, California Highway Patrol, Sonora Police Department and other community supporters on June 4 to run the second Northern California Special Olympics Torch Run in Sonora.

SCC Special Olympics

Helping support the Special Olympics fun from the Sierra Conservation Center were, from left, CEO Bob Duncan, Community Resources Manager Dameion Renault, Melinda Renault and their children.

Escorted by members of the CHP and the Sonora Police Department, more than 20 Special Olympics athletes showed their spirit while running through the town of Sonora and supported by many members of state law enforcement departments as well as community volunteers.

The run was a fun run through town and into the Tuolumne County Fairgrounds, where a dunk tank, other activities, and food was awaiting the finishers.

Once again SCC helped to provide medals for all the athletes who participated. The medals are made from scrap metal in the welding program offered at the prison and painted with donated paint by inmates who participate in the welding and art programs for rehabilitative purposes.