High School Basketball: Donda Homecoming splits into two separate events

The Donda Homecoming event at UIC’s Credit Union 1 Arena on February 5 has now been split into two separate events.

The first will be games between traditional high schools. Hillcrest will face Kenwood at 5 p.m. and Simeon will play Coronado, NV. at 6:30 p.m.

The second event kicks off at 9 p.m. and features Donda Academy, which is located in California and features Kenwood transfer JJ Taylor, against Chicago Prep, a high school and graduate school. Donda Academy is named after the mother of musician Ye West, formerly known as Kanye West.

Fans will have to leave the arena after the Simeon match against Coronado and return for the Donda match.

Darren Duncan, the event organizer, said splitting into two events was the only way to gain approval from the Illinois Association of High Schools and the National Federation of High Schools.

Donda Academy and Chicago Prep are not members of their state high school associations, so they cannot participate in events with IHSA teams. The original event was not sanctioned by the IHSA or NFHS.

Tickets are on sale on the Ticketmaster site since Tuesday. These tickets are for the Donda Academy-Chicago Prep game. Duncan says he thinks this is the game most fans have paid to see, but refunds will be available through Ticketmaster.

Duncan is providing a yet to be determined number of free tickets to students from Hillcrest, Kenwood and Simeon for the first event. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster for $5.

“We tried to make it the lowest possible price, but the IHSA said we couldn’t because it would circumvent the rules,” Duncan said. “The IHSA said it had to be $5 because that’s the price of a typical high school game. It’s not like we’re trying to get an extra $5 from people.

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