Don’t miss the fun at upcoming donkey basketball game


Time is running out to purchase your tickets to the Dairyland Donkey basketball game on Saturday, April 6, at 6 p.m. in the Italy Gladiator Dome.

Advance tickets are $6 and are available from Leslie Allen and Susan Jacinto at Stafford Elementary or Kim Varner at the high school. Tickets are also available at the Uptown Café, Subway, Pizza Inn, Mansell’s Grocery, First State Bank (Italy location), Italy Auto Parts, Varner Alon and Citizens National Bank (Italy location). Tickets are $8 at the door.

This event, sponsored by the Italy Gladiator Band Boosters, will feature three games between four teams — Guns-n-Hoses, Arse Kickers, Hollywood’s Heroes and State Champs of ’97. Josh Droll will lead the Guns-n-Hoses group, a combination of firefighters and police officers; Jesus Perez will lead the Arse Kickers, band members and supporters; Hank Hollywood will lead coaches and local athletes; and former Dallas Cowboy Keith Davis will join with former IHS teammates from the 1997 state winning basketball team.

The first 125 students – ages 12 and under — to arrive with a ticket and a parent will receive a ticket to ride the donkeys during the halftime breaks.

A few “cheerleaders” will be there to entertain the audience and cheer on the players. Unfortunately, they may be a bit homely.

There will be a concession stand with hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and Frito pies.

The first game begins at 6 p.m. but doors open to the public at 5 p.m.

Mark Stiles, band booster president, urges everyone to come out and enjoy this event which promises to be a night of laughs and entertainment safe for the whole family.