It takes a pretty brave soul to get on a donkey and play a competitive basketball game.

Saturday night’s Keep Valley View Beautiful donkey basketball game should give city leaders, business owners and other residents a chance to test their riding skills as well as their basketball prowess.

The event is for a good cause.

“The evening includes a chili supper and the donkey basketball game is to raise money to build the pavilion on the square,” said Valley View resident and KVVB spokeswoman Perlene Newton.

The chili supper is set for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The ball game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Both events will be held at Valley View ISD.

Newton described the donkey basketball game as “wilder than a rodeo” and “more fun than a circus.”

The doubleheader game will be played between four teams, she said.

The City Heat team is made up of Valley View Mayor Karl Kemplin, Aldermen Glen Lance, Tom Tilton, Lance Kirkpatrick, Tracey Johnson, Police Officer Ralph James, Valley View Volunteer Fire Department Chief Wayne Smith, volunteers Marnee Smith, Tim Whitlock, Josey McAlister, Jerod Rauschuber and Justin Smith.

The Donkey Kong team is led by Shena Henzer as captain, Pam Collette, Katie Henzler, Tess Fadel, Dylan Pembroke, Casey Boaz, A.J. Kassen and David Pembroke.

BaDonksDunks are 4-H leaders Robin Watts, Sonya Smith, Raelynn Wells, Kimberly Kuykendall, Cathy Blankenau and Nikki Terry.

“JackAsstros” from the Valley View Texaco store are owners Alan Byrd and Bill Parker and riders Kristi Byrd, Bryson Bryd, Lana Gilliland, Courtney Gilliland, Mallory Webb and Brittani Fangmeyer.

KVVB members hope the fund raiser helps the organization continue its efforts to clean up and polish the Valley View area.

A trash collection event is planned for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10 in connection with Don’t Mess with Texas/Great American Cleanup Day.

The event is sponsored by the City of Valley View along with KVVB.

Newton said that this year’s event should include a large compactor truck and chipper equipment.

“Due to the colder winter there is much to clean up from all the broken tree limbs lying around in everyone’s yard,” she said.

Participants must have a Valley View water bill to participate, she noted.

The organization is also planning several other events including an Arbor Poster Day and Earth Day event in April.

The Earth Day event will include an environmental waste program on the Valley View Independent School District campus.

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