Community Involvement, Our Promise

Our Promise goes big for Special Olympics

Solano prison inmates hold a walk for Special Olympics.
California State Prison-Solano hosts a Flame of Hope run for Special Olympics in 2018. (Before COVID.)
CDCR lieutenant and Special Olympic athletes.
Lt. Patrick Gallagher places a medal on an athlete. (Photo taken before COVID.)

It’s no secret that CDCR and CCHCS staff love the Special Olympics. From Tip-a-Cop events, food sales, sporting events and the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), staff throughout the state have been raising money for Special Olympics for years.

Did you know you can support Special Olympics through Our Promise: California State Employees Giving Back at Work?

Voluntary one-time or ongoing donations help Special Olympics Southern California and Southern Olympics Northern California continue to offer year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

It’s a cause so important to CDCR and CCHCS that several staff members are involved not only with fundraising events, but also by giving their time to serve on the organizations’ boards.

“I was introduced to the LETR by helping serve food at a Tip-a-Cop event,” said Lt. Patrick Gallagher of California City Correctional Facility, who served on the council for the Southern California LETR. “From that first experience, I was committed 110% to the LETR. This is such an awesome organization that supports Special Olympics. I have seen the joy that Special Olympics has brought to so many people. CDCR’s support of this organization is tremendous not just in terms of just dollars, but also in the hearts of our officers who are changed by each contact with an athlete.”

Life-changing work

CCHCS Deputy Director of Communications Liz Gransee serves on the Executive Committee for Special Olympics Northern California, helping organize events and awareness campaigns to teach people about the life-changing work of Special Olympics.

“I love how the Special Olympics brings everyone together in support of such a great cause,” Gransee said, “but there’s nothing I love more than a smile and the infectious positivity from an athlete engaging in their passions.”

You can support Special Olympics Northern or Southern California by visiting Cal Employee Connect to access the Our Promise ePledge portal and make a voluntary donation via one-time or ongoing payroll deduction. The CDCR/CCHCS Our Promise campaign runs September 15 through October 15. Learn more at

Special Olympics organizations

Special Olympics Northern California

Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Phone: (925) 944-8801
Tax ID: 68-0363121

Special Olympics Southern California

Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Phone: (562) 502-1100
Tax ID: 95-4538450

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