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