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Help Send the Fighting Peacocks to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

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The Fighting Peacocks will represent Oklahoma at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games June 5-12. Pictured left to right are (back row) Luke Gallman, Eric Jackson, Kelly Pugh, Jerimey Jackson and Walter Crane; (middle row) head coach Alicia Jory, Brad Tanner, Tyler Jackson, Rob Cearley and assistant coach Clayton "Doo" Foreman; (front row) Michael Vaughan, assistant coach Michael "Lurch" Wolf and Terry "TJ" Griffith. Joey Ross and Dillon Pruitt are not pictured.

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Perfect for baseball, softball and Peacocks fans, the Peacock Day silent auction includes a range of items from batting cages to Peacocks memorabilia. With plenty to choose from, there is something for everyone. More items will be added throughout the week, so check back often.

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Scan the QR code to become a Fighting Peacock supporter and help send the team to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games June 5-12.

The Delaware County Friendship Home’s Fighting Peacocks are heading to the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla.

Chosen to represent Oklahoma at the Games, June 5-12, the Fighting Peacocks are a unified Special Olympics softball team based in Jay, Okla.

The team started in 2010, and has traveled and competed all over the United States, winning games and earning multiple medals and championships along the way, including the gold medal at the 2018 Special Olympic USA Games.

To increase awareness of the 2022 team, as well as raise funds to support their trip to Orlando, the Fighting Peacocks will be hosting Peacock Day from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Held at the Jay High School baseball field, 386 E. Monroe, in Jay, Peacock Day will include exhibition games to showcase the Fighting Peacocks’ skills and talents, as well as a raffle, silent auction and crowd games. The first game will feature Jay vs. Grove while Team OK will square off against Team AR in the second game.

Everyone is invited to come and show support for the team.

Admission to Peacock Day is free; however, donations will be accepted at the gate. All proceeds from the raffle, silent auction and donations will be go toward sending the Fighting Peacocks to the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando.

To get a head start on supporting the team, the Home of Hope invites you to check out the Fighting Peacocks’ first-ever online silent auction, which is now under way.

Perfect for baseball, softball and Peacocks fans, the silent auction includes a range of items from batting cages to Peacocks memorabilia. With plenty to choose from, there is something for everyone. More items will be added throughout the week, so check back often. Click here to start bidding. The silent auction will close at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Peacock Day is just one of the team’s fundraisers. Every year, the athletes, coaches and partners hold Indian taco sales, raffles, bingo nights and other events so the entire team can compete at the highest level on a national stage

Even more donations are needed this year to get the team to the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando. The cost to take one athlete to the 2022 USA Games is $1,500. The Fighting Peacocks will be taking 10 athletes and partners to compete, meaning a total of $15,000 is needed to cover airfare, lodging, food and uniforms for the team.

“For many of our players, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with the leading competitors of their sport on a national stage,” said head coach Alicia Jory, who is also the residential program coordinator. “To get them there, we need your help.”

Jory has led the Delaware County Friendship Home’s Fighting Peacocks since 2012, along with assistant coaches Clayton “Doo” Foreman and Michael “Lurch” Wolf.

If you would like to provide even more support for the team, sponsorships are still available. Click here for a sponsor form.

Then come to Peacock Day Friday and show your support for the team and help send the Fighting Peacocks to the Special Olympics USA Games.

For more information, visit the Peacock Nation Facebook page.

ABOUT HOME OF HOPE

Delaware County Friendship Homes is a training facility/residential program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in Jay. It is a division of Home of Hope.

Home of Hope is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides residential, vocational and quality of life programs to person with developmental and intellectual disabilities across northeast Oklahoma.

Established in 1968, Home of Hope Inc. serves five counties in northeast Oklahoma with operations in the communities of Vinita, Jay, Miami, Claremore, Grove and Pryor.

In addition to serving more than 270 men and women with developmental and other disabilities, Home of Hope employs more than 600 staff members.

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