By Lt. Mike Tuntakit, AA/PIO
Avenal State Prison

To help Special Olympics, Avenal State Prison staff are volunteering their time and personal resources for a March 30 Plunge with a Purpose event in Fresno. Special Olympics athletes often visit the prison to promote awareness of the organization.

A recent visit found an athlete meeting with the prison staff volunteers. Special Olympic Athlete Sabaschin even had a chance to sit in the warden’s chair.

Sabaschin said he was excited to visit with the prison staff. He said it was so much friendlier than he had seen on TV.

If you would like to learn more or donate to the Avenal team, visit