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Bi-Partisanship Gets Benched When Democrats, Republicans Meet on the Court in Biennial Hoops Battle
Proceeds Support Foster Grandparent Program of Northern Nevada
Posted Date: 2/27/2013

Contact: Catherine Lu, Public Information Officer 
             (702) 486-6982 / 334-7953 

(Carson City, NV; February 27, 2013) — Can Republicans go left? Can Democrats go right to the hoop? Those are two questions to be answered when elected officials of both parties meet for the Biennial Donkeys/Elephants Basketball Classic benefiting the Foster Grandparent Program of the Elvirita Lewis Foundation. The game pits elected Republican officeholders against their Democrat counterparts and also features prominent basketball players from Nevada. Tip-off is Saturday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia Street.

The game is often a hotly contested affair, especially as the clock winds down and both sides attempt to claim victory. In the seven games on record, the Republicans lead the series five games to two.

The Secretary of State organizes the game traditionally played during the legislative session. Secretary of State Ross Miller is playing on the Democrat team. Courtside play-by-play and color commentary will be provided by noted basketball aficionado and observer of partisan behavior, Jon Ralston.

Both teams, which include constitutional officers, legislators and local elected officials, are allowed two ringers. Warren Rosegreen and Lindy La Rocque are the Donkey team ringers. Rosegreen is a former UNLV Rebel who went on to play basketball internationally and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters. La Rocque is the all-time career-leading scorer in Nevada girls’ high school basketball history and played in four Final Four games with Stanford University’s women’s basketball team.

The Elephant team ringers are Heather Cusick and Johnmin Hickey. Cusick is a graduate assistant at UNR’s Academic Advisement Center and was an All-American candidate for Miami University’s women’s basketball team in Oxford, Ohio. Hickey was Nevada Prep “Player of the Year” in 2001, All-State First Team.

Tickets for the Donkey/Elephant Basketball Classic are just $10 for adults or $5 for children and seniors, and may be purchased at the door, or in advance at the Secretary of State’s office in the Capitol building.

A portion of ticket proceeds from the Basketball Classic will be donated to the Foster Grandparent Program of the Elvirita Lewis Foundation, an organization that helps maintain the dignity and productivity of the senior citizens. The Foster Grandparent Program places senior volunteers, 55 years and older, in supervised settings within K-12 schools, public agencies, family drug court, juvenile detention, etc. with the goal of helping at-risk children meeting academic standards, as well as providing positive intergenerational social interaction.

Doors to the South Main entrance on the ground level open at 9 a.m. Parking is available in the Brian Whelan Garage on North Virginia Street, south of the arena.

A post-game rally follows the Donkey/Elephant Basketball Classic at Little Waldorf Saloon, 1661 N. Virginia St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then, return to the Lawlor Events Center to watch the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball as they go head to head against the UNLV Rebels. Tickets are available at the UNR box office or online at  

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Basketball Classic 2013