Community Involvement

CDCR employees carry torch for Special Olympics

Runner in torch run for Special Olumpic.
Law Enforcement Torch Run participants ended their four mile run on the west steps of the California State Capitol.

CDCR employees started their morning with a four-mile run to the State Capitol for a great cause: the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Northern California. They joined law enforcement agencies from throughout Northern California for the 25th annual run.

CDCR Secretary Kathleen Allison spoke at the event, praising CDCR’s support of Special Olympics.

“It was so inspiring to see all the athletes from all the various law enforcement agencies come together, and of course the wonderful speakers,” Allison said. “Everybody comes here with a pure heart to do the right thing, and I’m really excited to be part of it.”

Each year, more than 100,000 law enforcement members around the world hold events to raise money for the cause. These “Guardians of the Flame” then carry the “Flame of Hope” in a relay from agency to agency. The torch flame represents the courage of athletes and celebrates the diversity of the Special Olympics community.

Population supports Torch Run for Special Olympics

It’s not only CDCR and CCHCS employees who participate, but also the population. Through food sales and other events, incarcerated people raise funds and awareness inside state prisons.

“It is so important that we come together, united, despite what agency you work for or despite whether you’re a staff member, or incarcerated person,” she said. “We are all working together for a common goal.”

CDCR teams have raised over $26,700 this year. It’s not too late to help that number grow. Visit the LETR website to donate.

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