|On Friday, March 15, 2013, at the Old Gym on the
Sloan-Hendrix School campus, fans from all walks of life
were treated to a sports spectacle for the ages. Athens may
have had the Olympics, Rome - the gladiators, Kentucky - the
Derby, but Sloan-Hendrix had Donkey Basketball. Once a
common entertainment across the country, donkey basketball
has fallen in the last few decades to the category of sports
where roller derby and hula hooping have gone to languish;
discussed around the water cooler only by the aged with
nostalgia and a smile. But, thanks to the efforts of the
Sloan-Hendrix Junior Class and their need to raise money to
support the Jr./Sr. Banquet, this fabulous frolic has
returned to the Greyhound venue.
The fun began at 6:00 to a standing room only crowd.
Pre-game antics included contests to pick a dollar bill off
the floor and blind donkey diapering featuring Mrs.
Hufstedler, Mrs. Morgan, Mr. Rorex, and Mr. Walton.
Concessions and a bake sale were also available during the
evening. The main events were a series of four games. The
contestants were mostly SHHS juniors and senior, but also
included Mr. Winston and other patrons. Rules of the contest
were a little on the fuzzy side, but it is fairly certain
that the contestants had to be on the donkey to shoot, which
was more difficult than expected, since many of the players
were off the donkeys much of the game; sometimes willingly,
more times not. Winners/survivors of the contests won the
crowds accolades, the glory of victory, and a life-time of
bragging rights. Overall, however, many in the rollicking
crowd considered the true winners of the evening’s events to
be those who went home with the most dignity and
self-esteem, the donkeys.
Photographs by Rebekah Swink