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Van-Far hosts donkey basketball

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 8:36 pm

By Brandie Gay

Donkey basketball is a variation of the standard basketball game, played on a regular basketball court, but in this case the players ride donkeys.

A donkey basketball game is usually staged as a one-time fundraising event, typically in public schools. Commercial farms provide donkeys and equipment, splitting the proceeds with the hiring party.

Donkey basketball has been practiced in the U.S. since the 1930s.

The Van-Far Teachers Association hosted Dairy Land Donkey Ball in the Van-Far High School gym on Saturday, March 31.

It was an evening full of fun and laughter. The concession stand was busy, and there were several generous donations to the silent auction.

Kids under 12 were able to take a ride on a donkey during intermission. Van-Far Superintendent John Fortney served as the emcee, as four teams consisting of students and community members attempted to ride a donkey while scoring baskets.

The VFTA was able to make a net profit of more than $3,500, which will be used for scholarships for Van-Far seniors. The VFTA said it would like to thank everyone who made donations for the event, and also for the awesome crowd of Indian fans. It was a great night to be an Indian!