Stafford Creek Correction Center (SCCC) has the lowest violence rate out of all major facilities in Washington State. I respect that and I make a significant effort to contribute.
The administration of SCCC has put together a day of camaraderie and fun.
The purpose: To promote the message of NO VIOLENCE, NO DRUGS, and POSITIVE CHOICES!!!
On Sept. 17, 2014, I attended this event. And what an event it was. Over 300 inmates participated! It took place out in the prison yard.
At 9:00AM there was the introduction. Dawn Taylor, Correctional Specialist and Dan VanOgle, Associate Superintendent, got on the microphone. They went over a few rules and expectations. They also expressed gratitude towards the positive choices of those who are committed to change. I felt a connection. It further inspired me.
Then a few inmates gave some powerful testimonies regarding their personal journeys. Again, I was touched. I thought to myself…maybe one day I’ll get up there and speak.
After the intro, the games began. Each game had a theme:
Soccer – KICKING OUT NEGATIVE CHOICES FOR BETTER GOALS
Flag Football – THROWING AWAY BAD HABITS & SCORING FOR NON VIOLENCE
Frisbee Golf – FLYING ABOVE VIOLENCE
Long Distance Run – STRIDING FOR BETTER CHOICES & A LONG FUTURE
Tug of War – PULLING TO KEEP EACH OTHER CLEAN & SOBER
Horse Shoes – PUTTING VIOLENCE THROUGH THE RINGER
Relay Race – RUNNING STRONG TO PASS THE POSITIVE MESSAGE
Obstacle Course – OBSTACLE COURSE OF LIFE CHANGES
3-Point Shot B-ball – SHOOTING FOR DRUG FREE & VIOLENCE FREE COMMUNITIES
Basketball – CROSSING OVER DRUG ADDICTION & VIOLENCE
Pretty neat, huh?
All teams were pre-determined. It wasn’t about who wins or loses. It was about working together. Some teammates were weaker than others. It was everyone’s objective to work together and encourage one another to be the best they can be. It was about BREAKING BARRIERS and respecting different cultures, races, ages, affiliations, and people in general.
In my eyes, this event was a huge success. I left feeling inspired and motivated. It recharged my enthusiasm to make positive choices and to be the best I can be.
A special “thank you” to Dawn Taylor & Dan VanOgle. And to The Redemption Project and all their sponsors.
I look forward to future events.
To my readers: questions or comments? Please, feel free. I will respond. Thank you.