XTO makes donation to cultural center so school kids can practice in gymnasium

XTO Energy’s Lead lease operator Josh Farnsworth holds a check for $5,000 that was donated by his company to the High Plains Cultural Center to offset fees that would allow students at Killdeer School to utilize the gymnasium for practice. Pictured are, from left, Ken Roshau, executive director of the cultural center, Farnsworth, Killdeer School Superintendent Gary Wilz,  and Lynn Welker, XTO consultant. They all tried their hand at making a hoop after the check presentation.

Four free-throw shots … all air balls. But the kids of Killdeer benefitted nonetheless.


XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, donated $5,000 to the High Plains Cultural Center to help pay for fees associated with allowing the Killdeer School to use the center’s gymnasium for practice.

Although there are two gymnasiums at the school, the number of boys and girls participating in basketball in elementary, junior high and high schools makes it necessary for occasional use of the center’s facility, said Killdeer Superintendent Gary Wilz.

The school logged 140 hours of activities in the gymnasium, said Ken Roshau, the center’s executive director. The school has used the facility an average of three days a week from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Roshau said, adding that sometimes teams use the gym for early morning practice.

Wilz, Roshau, and XTO representatives, Josh Farnsworth, a lead lease operator, and Lynn Welker, a consultant of XTO Energy through Welker & Fevold public relations, were on hand for the check presentation on Monday.

They even took a couple of shots in the gym. They missed. But they all know of a place where they can practice.

In a congratulatory letter sent to the center, Emily Snooks, public and government affairs for XTO, said: “Please accept our best wishes for continued success. We appreciate all the High Plains Cultural Center does for the community.”

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