Pvsp First Torch Run 2018 (2)

PVSP Warden Scott Frauenheim and participants in the first Special Olympics Torch Run at the prison.

By Lt. Jose Benavides, AA/PIO
Pleasant Valley State Prison

Pvsp First Torch Run 2018 (3)Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) kicked off its first-ever Special Olympics carrying of the torch to promote and raise public awareness through fundraising efforts.

On Aug. 1, over 38 inmates joined several staff members to host nine Special Olympics athletes in the first ever torch run held at PVSP. The athletes also competed with inmates in games of basketball, soccer and flag football.

Participants joined athletes on jaunts around the recreation yard, as they celebrated awareness of the Special Olympics with live music, inspirational speakers, photo-ops and medal presentations.

“I am honored to have hosted PVSPs first Special Olympic Torch Run, and I hope this event will help raise awareness for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities,” said PVSP Warden Scott Frauenheim.

Between PVSPs Torch Run and inmate fundraising, over $8,639.40 was raised for the Special Olympics Northern California (SONC).

“It was great to see staff and the inmate population on Facility D, respond in such a supportive and constructive manner to this event, this demonstrates the openness of a changing culture in the Department, I am optimistic this event is the first of many to come,” said Jim Fogal, Facility D Captain.

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