Central Valley HS (Spokane): The Stinky Sneaker

The Stinky Sneaker is a rivalry basketball game between Central Valley High School and University High School. The school that wins the "shoe" is the school that, according to a board of judges, is the most spirited, has the best sportsmanship, is the most unified and wins the basketball games.

It graduated from alternating high school gyms a few years ago to The Spokane Arena because there are just so many participants. This year, Central Valley had over 1,400 students (2/3 of our school population) attend the event. Our leadership classes have been working non-stop for the past three months preparing for the Stinky Sneaker as has University's ASB. It is a very important event for Central Valley High School that we use to unify our student body. We were able to create over 1,200 replicas of four different props made by hand that our student body used while being judged in the spirit competition.

In-between the girls and boys basketball game, each school gets as many students and teachers as it can to participate in a half time dance. The dance is an opportunity to unify our students with special needs with the remainder of our student body and it allows people who normally would not mingle to get together in a creative atmosphere and come together to reach for a common goal.

The 2016 stinky sneaker was won by University high school due to their hard work and determination. Although Central Valley may have lost the shoe this year, we still went above and beyond the goals we created for ourselves as a leadership class. We unified our school, supported both of our basketball teams, and overflowed with pride for our wonderful school.

I have never been more proud to be a CV Bear.

This program applies to criteria 1, 7 & 8 of the Leadership Framework: Creating a Culture, Engaging Communities, Closing the Gap