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CDCR teams from High Desert, Mule Creek, Headquarters, Deuel Vocational Institution and CSP-Sacramento pose for a photo before jumping into the icy Lake Tahoe water at Zephyr Cove during the 2019 Polar Plunge.

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Video by Allie Powell and Ike Dodson, CDCR PIOs
Office of Public and Employee Communication

CDCR staff braved cold waters on March 29 in support of Special Olympics Northern California.

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Avenal SP, Valley SP and CCWF teams plunge into Fresno’s Millerton Lake.

Teams from Mule Creek, High Desert, Deuel Vocational Institution, CSP-Sacramento and Headquarters participated in the annual Polar Plunge into the icy water of South Lake Tahoe at Zephyr Cove.

Meanwhile Avenal State Prison, Valley State Prison and Central California Women’s Facility teams plunged into Fresno’s Millerton Lake.

Special Olympics, one of CDCR’s charities of choice, enriches the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their communities through sports, education, and athlete health. They strive to help their athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment, both on the playing field and in life.

CDCR staff and inmates hold a multitude of fundraising events throughout the year which can include food sales, waiting tables at local restaurants and torch runs.

In 2018, CDCR staff and inmates gave a whopping $203,000 to Special Olympics Northern California, with Deuel Vocational Institution topping the donor list at $42,000.

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Viilo – Starry Night


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Polar Plunge participants


Master of ceremonies

Isn’t that fun ladies and gentlemen? Raising money for a good cause.

David Solo

So today we have our South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada.

We do a series of Polar Plunges throughout the year. We have 15 total.

This past year, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation raised over $200,000, which provides support to 800 athletes, and we are grateful for everything that they do.

The enthusiasm from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is so great. It’s been fantastic for us. We have so much participation from all different levels throughout the organization.

We know they fully embrace Special Olympics Northern California and our athletes. One specific example is Duel Vocational (Institution). They are our biggest funder throughout corrections.

Sgt. Andrew Bestolardis

I’m about to freeze over here with everybody else for a good cause.

I’ve been with DVI as a sergeant and Special Olympics I’ve been a part of since childhood. My mother taught adult special ed. and it’s a great cause and I’m happy to be a part of this.

Lt. Henry Shamoeil

I love the Special Olympics because these athletes are my inspiration.

Sgt. Chandra Ballam

I’m going in five times today, so I’ll find out just how cold that lake is in a minute.

Therese Gianelli

CDCR as a whole having Special Olympics as their charity of choice is phenomenal.

The staff and the inmates have been instrumental in their donations. Every year they seem to dig a little deeper and give a little more of themselves.

 CDCR staff