Event organizer Stephanie Davidsmeyer says it’s a fundraiser to support District 117’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support program.
“PBIS is something that we use in all of our buildings in District 117 as a way to set up a system of support for our students in order to create that positive, consistent environment we want them to have to enable them to be successful and to learn those skills in school but they can also see how they can apply them to outside of school, as well, " says Davidsmeyer. "It's a way to acknowledge our students for doing good things and for making the appropriate choices."
This is the second year donkey basketball will benefit PBIS. For those who haven’t seen this version of the popular game at the bowl, event organizer Stephanie Davidsmeyer says it’s quite a show.
“It is a basketball game where all the participants will be riding on donkeys," says Davidsmeyer. "In fact, in order to score a basket you have to be sitting on the donkey. It's very interesting because sometimes the donkeys want to cooperate and go in the right direction and sometimes they don't."
Four teams will compete for the title of Buckeye Donkey Basketball Champion- the high school team, junior high team, the faculty team and the celebrity team.
The celebrities include WLDS-WEAI Assistant News Director Jim McCabe, the principals of Eisenhower, South and North Elementary Schools, State Representative C. D. Davidsmeyer, Jacksonville Alderwoman Jenny Geirnaeirt, and Morgan County state’s attorney Chris Reif.
It also includes Sergeant Dan Baldrick, a U. S. Army Recruiter, Jacksonville Fire Chief Rick Kluge, and District 117 school board member Craig Albers.
Tickets cost $6 in advance. They’re available at the main offices of JHS, Turner, or the District 117 Central Office. Tickets are two bucks more at the door. Children pre-school and younger are free.
Donkey rides cost $1 for children twelve and younger at half-time.
Tonight’s game starts at 7:00.