By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/Public Information Officer
California Rehabilitation Center
On Monday, June 6, 25 staff members from the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) participated in the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year round training and competitions to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries.
CRC employees from administration, custody, education, medical, computer services and clerical support joined staff from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Jurupa Valley Station in running a portion of the 8.6 mile-run through Norco.
Correctional Sgt. David Allen, and Correctional Officers Adam Otero and Jonathan Thurman, along with Senior Information System Analyst Supervisor Christina Davis, chose not to wait to run their designated 2.8 miles and instead, joined the sheriff’s staff in running the entire 8.6 miles. Additionally, working in conjunction with the sheriff’s department, eight CRC staff assisted in traffic control to protect the runners and provide all participants with bottled water and oranges, during and after the run.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an annual event coordinated by Special Olympics.
“Law Enforcement officers share a special relationship with our athletes and play a big part in making our events a very special experience for everyone involved. This year, the Special Olympics Southern California is celebrating its 30th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run,” said Special Olympics Southern California Regional Director Abbey Leffler.
Participating in the torch run is an exciting experience for many CRC employees. Office Technician Sandra Diaz stated, “For me, the Special Olympics Torch Run is a fun and rewarding event where we, the CRC family, come together in recognition of amazing athletes who teach us all the meaning of courage and the power of the human spirit.”
At the end of the over eight mile run, the tired, but exuberant runners passed the torch to the Corona Police Department.
Although Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins was unable to participate in this years’ run, she is an ardent supporter of the Special Olympics.
Warden Tampkins said, “For the past several years, CRC has continuously supported the Special Olympics. I am very proud of my employees and the work we have done.”