UVU puts the ‘hee haw’ in basketball with donkey basketball

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Donkey basketball players make their way down the court on Wednesday night. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

Donkey basketball players make their way down the court on Wednesday night. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

Utah Valley University put the “mad” in March Madness on Wednesday night with its own unique basketball event: donkey basketball.

“UVU donkey basketball brings a whole new meaning to March Madness,” said Stephen Whyte, assistant professor of communications and PRSSA adviser, in a press release. “This unique and fun event brings together UVU students, faculty and staff with government leaders, businesses and local high schools.”

Orem Mayor Richard Brunst celebrated Provo city's birthday with Provo Mayor John Curtis. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

Orem Mayor Richard Brunst celebrated Provo city’s birthday with Provo Mayor John Curtis. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

The event, organized by UVU’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), invited locals as well as UVU’s students to participate. They even had Orem Mayor Richard Brunst and Provo Mayor John Curtis playing. There were 10 different teams playing in four separate divisions: high school rivalries, Orem and Provo city mayors, UVU faculty and administration and ticket-to-ride drawing winners.

Donkey basketball helped raise money for United Way, which received 20 percent of ticket sales, and UVU’s PRSSA presidency and chapter members.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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