Donkey basketball raises money for Oklahoma Special Olympics


BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. — Oklahoma emergency responders took a break from riding in their police cars and fire trucks to ride on donkeys and it was all for a good cause.

As a way to raise money for the Red River Area 13 Special Olympics, four different departments participated in a donkey basketball tournament in Bryan County.

Pitted against each other were the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Durant Police Department, the Durant Fire Department and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.

Riding on donkeys, falling off donkeys and cheering on those riding the donkeys was all part of the fun.

“The funnest part is when I get to see Scott King on the donkey,” Red River Area 13 Special Olympics member Beverly Kilpatrick.

In total, three games were played. Each team played once in the first two games and the winners of those games played each other in the final game. Each game lasted 14 minutes.

“You have to be on the donkey to actually shoot the basketball and if you’re off the donkey you can’t shoot the ball,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Scott King said.

Scott said shooting while trying to ride a donkey can be challenging and even painful at times, but that it’s worth it because it’s all for a good cause.

“It’s all for the Special Olympics,” King said. “It’s all for the athletes. This gives them the funds to go to the winter games and the summer games. They always need money for gas, hotels and what not.”

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