The competition is heating up between two teams of Jacksonville emergency responders on which can win a charity basketball game played with donkeys on Saturday night.
The city’s fire and police departments will face off at 8 p.m. in the Curtis Carroll Field House on the Jacksonville College campus, 105 BJ Albritton Drive.
The game includes family fun, live donkeys and concessions. Proceeds will be put toward two full scholarships to Jacksonville College.
“This will help some deserving kids that otherwise couldn’t afford to get a two-year degree,” Police Chief Reece Daniel said.
The police chief said he would do his part to make the game fun for the crowd.
“I intend to be there doing a lot of cheating to make sure the police department wins,” he joked. “It’s all in good fun. These donkeys are well trained to have fun.”
Fire Chief Paul White said that was tall talk for a department that might not be able to pull together a team.
“You have to weigh less than 225 pounds or else you can’t ride a donkey,” White joked. “I didn’t know they could get a team together with all the doughnuts they eat over there.”
White said the police intend on sending their SWAT team to get them on donkeys, but the department was ready.
“I was telling the guys (we need to get) rods and reels with carrot on the end something to make them move,” he said. “If this is successful they are going to attempt to have this every year.”
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the college, the Jacksonville police and fire departments and the chamber of commerce.