Special Olympians Headed to USA Games

Thirteen area athletes representing Home of Hope in Vinita and subsidiary Delaware County Friendship Homes (DCFH) in Jay will be headed to Seattle this week to represent Special Olympics Oklahoma in the 2018 USA Games.  Only 36 athletes and unified partners were chosen for Team Oklahoma based on dedication, enthusiasm, and love for Special Olympics. Jackie Long will represent Home of Hope in the Athletics division participating in the Pentathlon which includes 100 and 400 meter track events, and the field events of long jump, shot put, and high jump – his favorite being the track events.  Jackie is very pleased to receive this honor and excited about his trip to the USA Games. For the former national champion softball team The Fighting Peacocks, representing northeastern Oklahoma and the Delaware County Friendship Homes is nothing new.  The Fighting Peacocks won the national championship in 2016 and 2015, placing 2nd in 2017 and 2014 and 3rd in 2012.  On the state level, the Fighting Peacock teams have been in the state play-offs several years in multiple divisions with the men’s team being state champions for 7 consecutive years. Alicia Jory, DCFH Residential Services Director, coaches the team and is understandably proud of their record and accomplishments.  “Being able to coach this team has been both and honor and a blessing.  This group of athletes go above and beyond with their trainings and competitions.” Jory explains the significance of what some might think is an unusual name.  “We are the Fighting Peacocks in remembrance of one
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Home of Hope Making Green Country Greener

  “Beyond the benefit recycling brings to the environment,” explained Greg Crawford, Director of Vocational Services, “the programs at Hope Industries and Rogers County Training Center, provide meaningful work for our clients and a significant revenue source for our programs.  As the recycling industry evolves and grows, we plan to grow right along with it.” Recycling cardboard is a large part of the program with cardboard balers located at Hope Industries in Vinita and the Rogers County Training Center in Claremore.  Last year about 462 tons of cardboard was processed between the two facilities, enough to save more than 7850 trees. Rogers County Training Center partners with the City of Claremore and the Metropolitan Environmental Trust to operate Claremore’s free drop-off recycling center at 810 West Ramm Road.  The recycling center takes a large number of items including newspapers, cardboard, magazines, junk mail, and phone books.  Aluminum cans, glass bottles, batteries, and used cooking and motor oil are collected there as well.  The drop-off location recently added e-waste such as computers, televisions and phones.  There are fees associated with the collection of some e-waste to assist with the cost of safe disposal, so please check metrecycle.com to determine details.  The hours of the recycling center are Monday through Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm and Sundays 12 noon to 5 pm. “Our partnership in Claremore is a great model for other communities,” continued Crawford.  “We would be glad to speak to other communities in the area about similar partnerships and free drop-off recycling centers
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