The “special” in Special Olympics Southern California will take on a new meaning when CDCR special agents work tables for tips at a Rancho Cucamonga restaurant on Thursday.
Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) athletes and supporters are getting awfully good at high-fives. They must have slapped at least a thousand of them May 25 at California State Prison, Solano (SOL), as over 300 inmates joined several staff members and a host of visitors in the second Flame of Hope Run.
Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) kicked off the 2018 fundraising campaign with its fifth Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of the Special Olympics of Northern California. In partnership with the Ione Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Cal-Fire, Jackson Fire Department and other local agencies, the Torch Run again honored the late Susie Pinger, a former Ione resident and Special Olympics athlete who passed away last year.
An employee from California State Prison, Sacramento, was selected to travel to Seattle to represent the Northern California at the national games for Special Olympics. Community Resources Manager Therese Giannelli was tapped by Special Olympics of Northern California for the task. One law enforcement representative from each state was selected to carry the Flame of Hope from Spokane to the Seattle games. California had two representatives, one from each region.
The Correctional Training Facility partnered with Salinas Valley State Prison and other Monterey County law enforcement agencies to carry the torch to promote Special Olympics and raise public awareness through fundraising efforts.
Special Olympics Southern California held the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Bakersfield on Monday, June 4. It wasn’t your average run as this marked a first for the department and Kern County. The Kern County Leg of the Torch Run was CDCR’s first entry as a team in Kern County thanks to North Kern State Prison. Meanwhile, the California Institution for Men raised $6,500 for Special Olympics and ran with the Chino Police Department.