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Time for the Biennial Donkey-Elephant Basketball Classic
Posted Date: 3/25/2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pam duPré
(775) 684-5748
pdupre@sos.nv.gov 

Don’t miss seeing Nevada elected officials square off on the court to benefit the Foster Grandparents of Nevada

(Carson City, NV; March 17, 2011) – It’s a little politics, a little March madness, and a lot of fun! The biennial Donkey-Elephant Basketball Classic returns to Carson City this Tuesday night, March 22, at the Carson High School gym. Secretary of State Ross Miller hosts the Classic and invites the public to come and cheer on their favorite office holders as they square off to determine which political party rules the court. Time out and halftime entertainment will feature the Reno Bighorns Dance Team and antics by lobbyists, staffs, and members of the media as they compete for the unofficial title of state Hot Shots.
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Secretary of State’s Capitol office, in the lobbyists’ room in the legislative building, or at the door the night of the game.

Secretary Miller this year has partnered with the Reno Bighorns professional basketball franchise and will take the Donkey & Elephant teams on the road to Reno March 29th to play an exhibition game at halftime of the Bighorns game against the Austin Toros. A portion of the proceeds of that game will be donated to the Foster Grandparents; tickets can be purchased at www.nba.com/dleague/reno.

“The donkeys versus elephants game is a time-honored tradition for a good cause going back to 1997 when the donkeys took the inaugural prize,” noted Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, Donkey team captain. “My prediction? Donkeys prevail once again!”

“This game is good fun for a great cause,” added Assemblyman Kelly Kite, Elephant team coach. “What more could you ask for? A small group of donkeys versus a thundering herd of elephants just might be worth watching!”

“This is a great opportunity for elected officials, staff, and the whole community to take a little break from politics and have some fun for a good cause,” Secretary Miller said in announcing the details. “I welcome the partnership with the Reno Bighorns and hope to turn out a good crowd for both games.”
The bi-annual tradition started several years ago and benefits the Foster Grandparents program, which matches volunteer grandparents with children who don’t have grandparents or can’t spend time with them.

The Donkey-Elephant Basketball Classic starts at 7:30 PM, this Tuesday, March 22 at Carson High School, 1111 North Saliman Road. The gym and parking lot are on the north side of the school.
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