A very stubborn fundraiser


Miami East FFA hosts donkey basketball tournament

By Cody Willoughby - cwilloughby@aimmediamidwest.com



Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest From left, Miami East FFA members Luke Gilliland and Ethan Bendickson, along with Kyle Magoteaux of Fletcher United Methodist Church, play in a game of donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium. The event united volunteer players from Fletcher UMC, the Miami East FFA chapter, and teachers from Miami East Elementary, Junior High, and High School in a mini-tournament to raise money for the Fletcher food pantry.

Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest From left, Miami East FFA members Luke Gilliland and Ethan Bendickson, along with Kyle Magoteaux of Fletcher United Methodist Church, play in a game of donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium. The event united volunteer players from Fletcher UMC, the Miami East FFA chapter, and teachers from Miami East Elementary, Junior High, and High School in a mini-tournament to raise money for the Fletcher food pantry.


Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East teacher Daniel Hickman maintains his balance during donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium. The event united volunteer players from Fletcher UMC, the Miami East FFA chapter, and teachers from Miami East Elementary, Junior High, and High School in a mini-tournament to raise money for the Fletcher food pantry.


Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East teacher Cindy Sroufe takes a wild ride across the court during donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium.


Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East FFA member Michael Bair gives a pat to his companion on the court during donkey basketballl on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium.


Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East instructor Brian Kadel takes a shot during donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium.


CASSTOWN — Members of the Miami East community came together on Sunday to raise money in an unconventional way — a tournament of donkey basketball.

The event, held in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium, was spearheaded by Miami East FFA teacher Marie Carity and sophomore Lauren Wright, who is serving as the 2018-19 reporter for the chapter.

“Each officer in our FFA chapter had to have a passion project,” Wright said. “Ms. Carity recommended donkey basketball. I play basketball, so I took this one on as my project. I’ve been pretty excited about it.”

“I e-mailed most of the teachers through my school e-mail, and said, ‘I could use some volunteers to help with this.’ For the church team, we e-mailed the pastor. Coming into it, I wasn’t sure I quite knew what I was doing, but Ms. Carity really helped a lot in making it go smoothly.”

The competition featured three 12-minute games, including a first game vieing Fletcher United Methodist Church against members of Miami East FFA, a second game vieing Miami East Junior High teachers against Miami East High School and Elementary teachers, and a third championship game, in which the two previous winners played against each other.

Money raised from ticket sales will benefit the Fletcher food pantry.

“Anything we can give to the Fletcher food pantry will be great,” Carity said. “They feed 15 to 20 families per month in our community. We’re also donating through the ‘ten-gallon challenge,’ where FFA chapters challenge each other to donate ten gallons of milk. My sophomores also raised 47 chickens in our class as a research project, and we’ll be donating all that meat as well.”

“This event is just something that’s unique, and brings different kinds of community members together,” Wright said. “It’s definitely something you don’t see every day.”

“This event combines animals and people in a fun way, and it’s for a good cause,” Carity said. “We are very, very blessed.”

Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest From left, Miami East FFA members Luke Gilliland and Ethan Bendickson, along with Kyle Magoteaux of Fletcher United Methodist Church, play in a game of donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium. The event united volunteer players from Fletcher UMC, the Miami East FFA chapter, and teachers from Miami East Elementary, Junior High, and High School in a mini-tournament to raise money for the Fletcher food pantry.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_DonkeyBasketball1-2.jpgCody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest From left, Miami East FFA members Luke Gilliland and Ethan Bendickson, along with Kyle Magoteaux of Fletcher United Methodist Church, play in a game of donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium. The event united volunteer players from Fletcher UMC, the Miami East FFA chapter, and teachers from Miami East Elementary, Junior High, and High School in a mini-tournament to raise money for the Fletcher food pantry.

Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East teacher Daniel Hickman maintains his balance during donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium. The event united volunteer players from Fletcher UMC, the Miami East FFA chapter, and teachers from Miami East Elementary, Junior High, and High School in a mini-tournament to raise money for the Fletcher food pantry.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_DonkeyBasketball2-2.jpgCody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East teacher Daniel Hickman maintains his balance during donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium. The event united volunteer players from Fletcher UMC, the Miami East FFA chapter, and teachers from Miami East Elementary, Junior High, and High School in a mini-tournament to raise money for the Fletcher food pantry.

Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East teacher Cindy Sroufe takes a wild ride across the court during donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_DonkeyBasketball3-2.jpgCody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East teacher Cindy Sroufe takes a wild ride across the court during donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium.

Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East FFA member Michael Bair gives a pat to his companion on the court during donkey basketballl on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_DonkeyBasketball4-2.jpgCody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East FFA member Michael Bair gives a pat to his companion on the court during donkey basketballl on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium.

Cody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East instructor Brian Kadel takes a shot during donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_DonkeyBasketball5-2.jpgCody Willoughby | AIM Media Midwest Miami East instructor Brian Kadel takes a shot during donkey basketball on Sunday in the Miami East Board of Education gymnasium.
Miami East FFA hosts donkey basketball tournament

By Cody Willoughby

cwilloughby@aimmediamidwest.com