Where were you Saturday night?
I know where you weren't! You weren't at the Idaho Stampede basketball game supporting the Leos with their "no brainer" fundraiser. But then, neither were the Leos. I don't really get it. With almost no effort, nearly $150 was raised for Leos projects. Think what could have been raised with effort.
The Idaho Stampede is a D-League basketball team affiliated with the Portland Trailblazers and the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association. The D-League is the official minor league of the NBA where top prospects come to hone their skills. At the end of the 2008-2009 NBA season, 20% of the players had D-League experience. Even if you're not an NBA fan, just marveling at the size and speed of these athletes is worth the price of a ticket!
But if basketball is just not your thing, the Idaho Stampede is still an organization that deserves your attention. Established in 2003, the Stampede Community Foundation gives back to the Boise community through basketball clinics and reading programs for youth, a partnership with Bank of the Cascades and Make a Wish, programs for our military, and many other hands-on projects and donations.
So back to the no-brainer fundraiser: The Idaho Stampede discounted the price of the tickets for Leos to sell, then donated half of that back to the Leos. It helped the Stampede by putting bodies in the seats, and the Leos by putting money in their treasury. A win-win. (And a winning night for the team as well, defeating the Tulsa 66ers 110-95.)
Will the Lions and Leos try this again next year with a better result? I hope so! The Idaho Stampede has not only a lot to offer the community but our organization as well. We should take advantage.
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