NEEDS WE ADDRESS
The Stampede is a team with heart. Not only does it take heart to win on and off the court, it also takes hard work, commitment, teamwork and dedicated leaders. We have those necessary elements on our team, and through those elements, we want the Treasure Valley to know that we appreciate their support, and will continue to do our part to keep our communities thriving.
The year-round employees in the front office provide the pulse that keeps the heart of the Stampede beating. The department oversees the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation and is proud to take the lead for the Stampede family in its philanthropic and community initiatives. The ownership group of the team is also aware and involved, as needed, with the foundation and its activities.
As the first professional sports team to establish a foundation in this state in 2003, the Idaho Stampede is committed to providing programs and opportunities that help "even the score" for disadvantaged youth. The Foundation strives to develop programs that actively engage Idaho's youth in basic skills development, cultural awareness, community service, and teamwork.
We are committed to the Treasure Valley and take tremendous pride and pleasure in giving back to this great community. Through our constant dedication, it is our goal to continue showing our hearts to the community and welcoming fans to our family.
The Idaho Stampede Foundation, Inc., has an ambitious slate of programs and activities. It will take a number of years to fully develop this community outreach effort, but the following information is a recap of the programs and activities. The foundation will not focus on a specific demographic profile for its activities and programming.
POPULATION WE SERVE/CURRENT PROGRAMS:
Basketball Clinics for Youth
The Idaho Stampede support many local basketball camps and clinics. In addition to providing monetary support for these events, the team sends at least one staff member to provide instruction and motivation for the young attendees.
The Hope House has also been the site of Idaho Stampede clinics for youth. Most recently, the Stampede donated $10,000 to the Hope House as a part of their involvement. In addition to coaching the children from the Hope house, Stampede staffers spend time on the court playing alongside these Canyon County youth.
Key Bank Reading Timeouts
The Idaho Stampede developed an educational outreach program titled "The Reading Stampede" that is now a part of the NBA Development League's "Read to Achieve" initiative. The program is designed to motivate elementary students in grades K-6 to develop a lifelong love of reading. The content areas covered in this reading program are non-fiction.
With significant support from Key Bank, the program has been a huge success the past five years. This season, the outreach efforts extend from Ustick Elementary, Joplin Elementary, to Roosevelt Elementary in Boise, plus many more throughout the Valley.
Bank of the Cascades "Swishes For Wishes"
For every three-point shot made by the Idaho Stampede, Bank of the Cascades donates $10 to the Idaho Make-a-Wish Foundation. We have been able to send children to a professional bull riding ranch, Disneyland and have sent a child to see his hero, Adam Sandler.
HP 3.0 Program
The Stampede-HP 3.0 program finished it's second season at the end of 2012-13. The Idaho Stampede and HP have combined to create a program that rewards students who strive to do the best they can do in their math and science classes.
Students who make the "3.0 Club" are eligible to win different HP products, such as notebooks, printers and calculators. If you would like to participate, call the Stampede front office at 208-388-4667.
Micron Math Program
Workbooks with math and science problems related to basketball were introduced into classrooms throughout the Treasure Valley. A very extensive program has been incorporated to motivate students and teachers to excel at their development in the classroom. A very extensive incentive program has been incorporated to motivate students and teachers to excel at their development in the classroom. The grand-prize for the winning classroom is a $1,000 grant from the Micron Foundation. In the past, the grand prize for students has been a trip to see the Utah Jazz play in Salt Lake City, Utah - in 2012-13, the students were given access to a luxury suite to take in a Stampede game!
Blue Cross of Idaho Step It Up Challenge
Operation Idaho Cares
The Idaho Stampede Community Foundation responded to a call from General Kane and Governor Kempthrone in the summer of 2004. Idaho had just experienced a huge call up of troops to Iraq. The soldiers' families were experiencing financial hardships caused by losing the main breadwinner in the family. With the help of U.S. Bank, we were able to raise approximately $75,000 that was disbursed to needy Idaho military families. We named the campaign, "Operation Idaho Cares."
Operation Opening Doors
Operation Opening Doors is a program that raised money to renovate the homes of soldiers who returned from abroad with a major disability. This program has raised over $50,000 for injured veterans. The Stampede has been able to renovate two of Idaho’s returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan with the help of partners, AGC and US BANK. The program has been recognized nationally and the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation has been recognized by the Idaho National Guard for our contribution to the lives of our injured veterans upon their return to Idaho.
Idaho Warriors Wheelchair initiative presented by NORCO
In the summer of 2010, a veterans group by the name of "Idaho Warriors Sports and Recreation" approached us. This group is comprised of injured veterans serving other injured veterans. They are doing this by using sports and recreation to help these veterans re-engage in everyday society. The key points of their program are:
- Build self-confidence and self-esteem
- Provide support
- Integrate with friends
- Re-integrate into the community
- Provide resources
- Help cope and adjust to life with a disability
Our new initiative is to provide sports wheelchairs for the Idaho Warriors. These chairs will be provided to the Idaho Warriors and will be used for many years for all indoor sports activities. We are pleased to announce that NORCO Medical and the Kissler Family Foundation have joined us in implementing this program. They are providing assistance in purchasing the wheelchairs and are sponsoring a corporate table at our games, where the injured veterans can enjoy Idaho Stampede games courtside.
Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Being professional athletes, our players have the extraordinary opportunity to reach out to fans and make an impact on the community. Throughout the year, players and coaches help nonprofit organizations convey their messages and services appearing in radio and television public service announcements.
S.L.E.R. Wheelchair Basketball Game
The Stampede host a wheelchair basketball game that has local celebrities test their skills against a wheelchair basketball team from the Boise Parks and Recreation AdVenture program, during halftime of a Stampede game. The game brings awareness to the unique challenges faced by individuals in our community that have physical disabilities.
Supporting Existing Events
The Idaho Stampede Community Foundation lends its image and exciting profile to local events, such as sponsorship of the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual golf tournament, the KBOI Channel 2 Food Drive and many more.
In addition, the ownership group of the Idaho Stampede, which includes successful businessmen from three counties in the Treasure Valley, provides a significant amount of personal time and money to charities in Idaho. The front office members of the Idaho Stampede are involved in the community as well, offering their volunteer hours and contributions on a personal level. Just to name a few, the current front office staff volunteer at:
- Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho
- First Tee of Idaho
- Habitat for Humanity
The Idaho Stampede employees and investors, personally and through the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation, do their part for the overall betterment of the Treasure Valley Community.
Seats for Kids
Unable to attend a game? Would you like your tickets given to a local community organization? The Idaho Stampede has a program for companies and individuals to donate tickets to underprivileged youth throughout our community. With your thoughtfulness, and the help of many youth organizations in the Treasure Valley, children that are normally unable to attend games can come see the Stampede in action at Qwest Arena. The donations are tax deductible in many cases.
The Stampede have an extraordinary amount of talented individuals in the organization who are often called upon to make public appearances including our mascots, players and front office staff members. When schedules allow, we attend autograph sessions, charity events, speaking engagements and school assemblies. In addition to players, Taco Bell Rumble and the Stampede Dance Team members participate.
Employment of student interns is one of the ways the team and foundation support the educational efforts and life experience opportunities for young people. Students from area colleges are given the chance to work with the team to gain "real world" experience. Last season, the Stampede mentored seven students from the BSU business school.