Donkey Basketball held to raise money for FFA projects


Dayton McElyea.

Juniors Maci Hatcher and Kristal Loredo climb on their donkeys for a round of Donkey Basketball.

Carlie Massey, Copy & Online Editor

On Feb. 4 Donkey Basketball was held for the first time at KHS in years.

Donkey Basketball is a spin off of a regular game of basketball, played on a regular basketball court, but the team members ride a donkey. The donkeys wear special rubber shoes in order to take pressure off their hooves and to prevent any damage to the gym floor. A donkey basketball game is used as a fundraising event.

“I did it before at another school and it was so much fun and successful that I wanted to try it here,” English teacher Carey Murphy said. “Also, we will do another Donkey Basketball game next year, and we hope for it to be bigger and better. We learned a lot of things that we’re going to fix next year. It’ll be bigger and better.”

The purpose of holding the Donkey Basketball game was to raise money to support the FFA kids projects.

“I enjoyed riding a donkey because it’s not every day you get to ride a donkey,” senior Kevin Kruger said. “It supported a good cause. I was proud to represent our student body.”

Team One consisted of church youth leaders. Those included Blake Stephens, Mark Rogers, Misty Shipman, Niki Chowdhury and Luke Harper.

Team Two included juniors Maci Hatcher, Mallory Cook, Shawn May, Brodi Flores, Valentina Stojanovic, Kristal Loredo and Sabrina Hardt.

Team Three consisted of Rhonda Fletcher, Johna Tritt, Sara Nash, Tracy Drury, Derek Borders, Karla Mojica, Nikki Offerding, Nic Moore, Michele Patterson, Brian Rapp and Trushundra McGill.

Team Four included seniors Kevin Kruger, Mariya Mitchell, Brannon Russell and Preston Vaden.

“I enjoyed waking up the next day sore and injured,” animation teacher Nic Moore said. “It was fun, though. I had several students that asked me to do it, so I had to step up.”

The team sponsors included Falconer Inspection sponsoring the students, Emily Arp Edward Jones Investments sponsoring the youth leaders, and Katie Smith Lularoe Online supporting the Educators.

The sponsors of the Donkeys included Lindsey Halbert, CharBurger, Jerry and Ruth Anne Camp, Reggie Henson, Deluxe Dental, Laurie’s Hair Day, North Creek Animal Hospital and Old Iron Creamery.

Donkey basketball was a creative way to raise money, and those who attended said it was a hit.