Community Involvement

Special Olympics: Get Up and Move

Now is the time to get up and move as CDCR and CCHCS join forces with the Special Olympics every year for regional runs, bike races, events, polar plunges and much more.

This year we are doing a special event where we join forces statewide. From Oct. 1-15, let’s all Get Up and Move together in support of the Special Olympics. Originally scheduled for mid-September, the event was postponed until October because of poor air quality resulting from the fires.

If you are tracking steps during your shift at the institution, continuing your daily exercise routine, or getting exercise for the first time in a long while, let’s all get up and move together.

15 days of challenge

For 15 days we will challenge each other, whether indoors or safely outdoors, to walk, cycle, hike, swim, run and more.

We’ll share photos, inspiration, quotes, favorite hikes, tips and personal stories. We’ll partner with Special Olympics athletes to share in this journey. Include your family – invite your neighbors. Let’s all get up and move together.

There is no cost to participate – registration is free. There is also an option to register and purchase a shirt – Stronger Together, with the CDCR, CCHCS and Special Olympics logos for $15.

Proceeds from this shirt and any additional donations will benefit the Special Olympics organizations of Northern and Southern California. These organizations promote inclusion while enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through sports, education, and athlete health.

The positive impact that Special Olympics makes on our athletes affects all aspects of their lives. To best illustrate the difference Special Olympics makes, please meet athlete Jonathan.

Jonathan overcame much to participate

Man facing camera with medals around his neck

As a student, Jonathan had it pretty tough. He was bullied and tormented by other students.

It took Jonathan twice as long to do things, so kids frequently made fun of him. He tried to keep to himself so others would not pick on him. As a result, he had no friends.

Fast forward to 1973 when Jonathan discovered Special Olympics. His whole world changed. He gained confidence in himself, trusted his abilities, learned how to be part of a team and made friends.

Today Jonathan is not only an accomplished athlete, he is a Global Messenger, speaking to the public about the importance of Special Olympics, often in front of hundreds of people.

Jonathan is only one example of the powerful impact Special Olympics makes in the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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