John Peyovich (youcaring.com)
On December 3, 2016, from Noon to 5:00 pm, the Miramonte Football Team and coaches will host the Peyo Love Fest, a fundraiser and celebration in the Miramonte Cafeteria to honor Coach John Peyovich (affectionately known as “Peyo”). John's wife, Kerri, and his family are extremely grateful and humbled by this recognition.
Since 1997, Peyo and Kerri have been members of the Orinda community. As their family grew to include children Scott, Mike and Kelly, they went through Del Rey, OIS and Miramonte beginning in 2003. From those early days with his own kids and others, Peyo has donated hundreds of hours coaching swimming, water polo, baseball, lacrosse and football, until he eventually became a permanent fixture coaching the Miramonte Freshman Football team. In addition to his inspiration and expertise, Peyo was also known for his generosity and culinary skills as he made hundreds of breakfast burritos for his players every season.
In 2011, while at the top of his game as a licensed contractor, coach, father and husband, Peyo felt his first symptoms. He knew something was wrong with his body as his motor skills quickly declined. It was not until 2012 that he discovered he was stricken with a very rare illness, familial amyloid poly neuropathy, which has dramatically affected his mobility and ability to work. Even with his own challenges, Peyo found the strength to share his time and energy with the Mats. No matter the size of the deficit or the opponent, there has been no better reminder of the importance of perseverance than Peyo himself. That is why you see so many of his past players go over to him on the 15 yard line to give him a hug in gratitude and for good-luck. This is why we want to honor Peyo with a celebration that recognizes his past and present accomplishments, which will include an optimistic nod to a future that is already bright with Peyo’s positivity.
The fundraiser portion of this celebration will give the Peyovich family a critical boost to help stabilize their financial situation. From medical and living expenses to providing for their children’s education, every valuable dime and dollar will go directly to Peyo and his family. Note that Peyo’s pride would not allow himself to initiate this fundraiser. Rather, it is our collective pride in our community, our appreciation for Peyo and his family, and our own hearts that motivate us to make this effort. We hope you join us or help us in any way you can. Thank you for taking the time to consider our message.