Donkeys, donors play ball
In most towns, Friday evenings can be filled in numerous ways, with everything from basketball games to equestrian events.
But in Sandy, the high school's Future Farmers of America (FFA) students have been hosting a hybrid of the two for decades with donkey basketball.
One night each year, local businesses and community members come together, don helmets and mount donkeys to play a few rounds of basketball in the Sandy High School gym. The event serves as the FFA's largest annual fundraiser.
On April 12, six teams faced off for a chance at the donkey basketball trophy provided by Peak Trophy. The Sandy girls basketball team took on the Sandy OHSET Equestrian team to kick off the festivities, providing an entertaining match as one FFA member commented because "one team knows how to ride donkeys but doesn't play basketball and one team knows how to play basketball, but doesn't ride donkeys."
Geren's Farm Supply, Clackamas County Bank, Gresham Coastal and Shell Core Specialties provided the other four teams, and the Boring contingent, Shell Core, took home the trophy after defeating Clackamas County Bank.
This year's game raised about $6,000 for the FFA.
"The event is always a good time for the community and it's a long running fundraiser, started in 1974 by Les Geren and his fellow ag teachers at the time at Sandy High," said Trisha Smith, FFA advisor and teacher. "This year we had a great turn out and lots of interest in our live and silent auctions. We will be holding it again next April and hope to see even more people there."
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