THE IDAHO STAMPEDE AND COACH MACKINNON JOIN ATHLETES FOR HOPE

Boise, ID, January 12, 2010 - Coach Bob MacKinnon and the Idaho Stampede have joined Athletes for Hope’s “Who Gives? Racing for a Cause,” the first ever virtual race that enables professional athletes to compete against each other and raise funds for their cause. Coach MacKinnon has chosen to raise money for Hays Shelter Home, a program of the Idaho Youth Ranch that helps youth ages 9-17 who are homeless, abandoned, neglected, abused or runaways. Funds raised will support a recreation program that promotes education, physical fitness, self esteem, healthy coping skills, community involvement and independence.

“In the short time that I have been a member of the Treasure Valley I have been fortunate to witness the incredible works of the Idaho Youth Ranch. Through their residential treatment homes in Idaho, they are able to positively impact the lives of at-risk children every day. Working with young people who have fallen victim to drug and alcohol abuse, neglect, homelessness and many other issues, the Idaho Youth Ranch is a catalyst for changing lives. Last year they boasted a success rate of 67% in helping young people stay out of trouble and become productive members of our community. The Idaho Youth Ranch is an inspiration by their great works here in the Treasure Valley,” said Coach MacKinnon.

Who Gives? Racing for a Cause is the second phase of a unique 3-part campaign highlighting athlete philanthropy and reaching millions of athletes, fans, and philanthropists through social media. This phase features 55 athletes and charities, including Athletes for Hope Founders Mia Hamm, Alonzo Mourning, and Muhammad Ali. Participants are competing for a grand prize purse of $35,000 along with bonus fundraising incentives throughout the campaign, which ends on January 15, 2010.

Fundraising will take place on the GlobalGiving.org, the world’s leading online marketplace for philanthropy, which connects donors to grassroots and community-based projects around the world. Anyone wishing to support Coach MacKinnon and Hays Shelter Home can donate online at www.globalgiving.org/athletes-for-hope.