STAMPEDE READ TO ACHIEVE PROGRAM SET TO TIP OFF
Team will visit Jefferson Elementary during Family Reading Week


BOISE, Idaho (November 15, 2006) – The Idaho Stampede professional basketball franchise will visit Jefferson Elementary School in Boise Thursday, November 16, 2006 to celebrate a love of reading. They will participate as part of Idaho Family Reading Week, in conjunction with the Stampede’s Read to Achieve program, presented by Key Bank.

The Stampede, new members of the NBA Development League, will have players and coaches visit four classrooms of fourth, fifth and sixth graders to read to students and will encourage kids and their families to take a timeout each day to read together.

The centerpiece of the D-League's community relations platform is the Read to Achieve initiative. As in the NBA and WNBA, Read to Achieve works to promote a lifelong love of reading and online literacy and to encourage families and adults to read regularly with young children.

Jefferson Elementary is participating in the Idaho reading program as part of National Family Reading Week. The school is doing a number of different initiatives to encourage reading to students including Curious George decorations, invitations to mystery readers throughout the week, and an open house for parents on Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. During the open house, parents will have the opportunity to peruse the books within the school library and kids will make their own bookmarks.

The Idaho Stampede will tip off their inaugural season in the NBA Development League as the affiliate of the Utah Jazz and Seattle SuperSonics, when they face the Colorado 14ers on Friday, November 24, 2006 at 7 p.m. Individuals and businesses interested in ticket or corporate partnership information should call (208) 388-4667 or visit idahostampede.com.

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IT’S A GREAT TIME OUT!
OPENING NIGHT- FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24!