Medora to host fundraiser basketball game Saturday


Bobby Smith wanted one more game on the home floor at Medora High School.

Smith, a 1971 graduate from Medora who played on the Hornets’ basketball team, is set to come back to Indiana this weekend from Ocean View, Hawaii, for a 51st anniversary reunion for the class of ‘71.

Smith attended the 50-year anniversary last year, but this year, he wanted to do something different. He talked to Rayetta Franklin, another 1971 graduate, and asked about playing a basketball game.

“He said, ‘Rayetta, I sure would like to play on that basketball floor just one more time. I’d like to play one more game,’” Franklin recalled. “I said, ‘Let me see what I can do.’”

Franklin and Smith decided the game could be a fundraiser, so Franklin got ahold of Medora’s superintendent, who then got the school board involved, and the event got approved.

On Saturday, Medora will be hosting a fundraiser basketball game featuring Medora graduates from 1966 to 1981. All of the money will be going toward the school’s athletic department.

“Very excited about,” said Franklin, who lives in Seymour but remains connected to her Medora contacts. “They used to have those old-timers ballgames all the time. They just haven’t anymore. I just got on Facebook, there’s a Medora alumni page, and I asked if anyone would be interested in playing, and it just kept growing.”

They got enough people to have seven players on each team — five starters and two substitutes.

“Anyone can come and watch the game, and admission is donations only,” Franklin said. “If you want to donate to the athletic club, every penny goes to the athletic department at Medora. It’s more for fun, and I’m hoping we can raise a lot of money.”

The doors open at noon Saturday, and the game will begin at 1 p.m.

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