Community Involvement

RJ Donovan officer carries Special Olympics torch, staff raises $18k

collage of photos of special olympics athletes and correctional officers.
Staff from RJD help the fall games at Special Olympics.

By Lance Eshelman, Community Resources Manager

Staff from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) carried the Flame of Hope for the opening ceremonies at the end of October for the 2019 Special Olympics Regional Fall Games.

That Saturday was a beautiful day to be outside, surrounded by family, friends, and cheering on sports games.

There were approximately 400 athletes geared up and ready for softball, soccer, tennis, and to show off their special skills.

Officers M. Virgen, C. Esguerra, and G. Rodriguez went beyond the call of duty as they represented Richard J. Donovan for the Law Enforcement Torch Run in San Diego County, giving high-fives, hugs and presenting medals to participants from the days’ events.

Officer M. Virgen had the honor of carrying the torch alongside the selected athlete, signifying the official start to the games.

According to organizers, “The vision of Special Olympics Southern California is to promote acceptance, inclusion, and well‐being for people with intellectual disabilities through sports. It is the largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, promoting joy, confidence, and fulfillment both playing on the field and through daily life.”

The donation of $18,000 raised by RJD was a sure drive in making Saturdays’ Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics possible.

Learn more or make a donation to Special Olympics.