Donkey Basketball Benefits Sick Students

RENO, NV - "I've played basketball, but it's nothing like this," says Dilworth STEM Academy 8th grader Junior Parra.

Parra made his official donkey basketball debut on Sunday. It's just like regular basketball except for the part where you're on a donkey.

There aren't a lot of rules for donkey basketball, but you have to make sure you're on the donkey when you're moving the ball, and hang on tight.

Of course that's easier said than done.

"They want to do what they want, so you have to control them to get to the basket. it's fun, real fun," says Parra.

This event is being used as a fundraiser to benefit two Dilworth students in need. One of them is junior. He's got a rare blood disease that affects kidneys, lungs, and the upper respiratory tract. His life expectancy is five years.

"He took it as, it's going to be ok and he was making sure that everyone else around him was ok and if he feels strong then we're feeding off his strength," says 8th grade teacher Jennifer Jones.

The goal from the donkey basketball event is to raise at least $2000 for the two families.

"It's heartbreaking to think about what they're going through fighting these illnesses as far as trying to face medical bills. I can only imagine it's overwhelming and we want to do all we can to support them," says principal Laura Petersen.

Organizers think the fundraising has been a success so far, but there's always more room to help. You can aid junior's cause by donating at the Dilworth STEM Academy main office.

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