CDCR staff braved cold waters on March 29 in support of Special Olympics Northern California. 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.
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.
On Jan. 31, volunteer correctional staff from California Correctional Institute and California City Correctional Facility united with the Mojave Division of the California Highway Patrol to host the first Tip-A-Cop dinner at Big Papa’s Steakhouse in Tehachapi benefiting the Special Olympics Southern California-Kern County.
Special Olympic Athlete Tyler Bommer and Acting Warden Covello carried the Flame of Hope together to kick off the 2018 Polar Plunge which took place at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Waterpark in Chula Vista in December. The Plunge event gathers local law enforcement agencies and San Diego County residents in efforts to raise money for Special Olympics.
Dunkin Donuts was recently taken over by local police, sheriff and correctional officers for the second Cop On A Rooftop fundraiser hosted by the Special Olympics.
The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran (SATF), along with the inmate population, conducted inmate food sales and a torch run across the institution’s facilities to raise money for the Special Olympics.