By David Naranjo | Special to the Index
Mineral Wells High School Class of 2014 Project Graduation, along with seniors and faculty members, participated in a game of Buckeye Donkey Ball last Monday evening, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the MWHS Gym. This was MWHS’s second year to host the Buckeye Donkeys.
Buckeye Donkey Ball is a family owned company that has been up and running since 1934. The Columbus, Ohio based company currently serves 16 states with Donkey Basketball, Baseball, and Racing.
Two teams, separated by boys and girls, participated in the event. Of the two teams, MWHS Assistant Principal Mary Laigle and Principal Jon Almeida were two of the four faculty members who joined the occasion.
To partake in the fun, participants must have been at least 16 years of age, and were required to sign a waiver, as well as wear helmets while playing to ensure safety. Before, the game a Buckeye representative must go over safety precautions and the rules of the game.
Players were allowed to select their donkey of choice for the game, and were asked not to pull the hair as humane treatment of the donkeys is of foremost consideration to the Buckeye Company. Students and faculty then rode real, live donkeys in a game of basketball.
Katie Pilgrim pulled down the most rebounds for the girls’ team—the Red Team—and Cierra Turk was thrown from her donkey in an attempt to bring the girls to victory, scoring two baskets.
“I think we won at heart because we had the crowd cheering for us the whole time,” MWHS senior participant Tara Cooper said.
The boys’ team won the game with 16 points, beating the girls by four. Christopher Rapp scored the most points for the Blue Team. Chris said he attributes his success in the game to “becoming one with the donkey.”