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Stampede personnel, including the team's Managing Investor Bill Ilett (pictured far left of top left photo), helped spruce up the team's weight room located inside the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County in preparation for the 2012-13 season, the fifteenth season of basketball in the Treasure Valley and the first under the team's new single-affiliation hybrid relationship with the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers.

Blazers trainer Bobby Medina (middle) helped the team re-organize and re-shape the configuration and layout of the team's new equipment. All in all, the team took a room that had been previous filled with a random assortment of play equipment, balls, nets, boxes and dilapidated workout machines and turned it into a clean, simplified room for the Stampede players to lift before, during or immediately after practice.

"We really think this room will help the players develop at a quicker pace and allow for more chemistry and team-building. The guys will have no excuses now, with the weights right here next to the court," Ilett said. "We're excited for the start of the 2012-13 season."

All in all, the team added over 1,100 pounds of weight plates and nearly 2,300 pounds of dumbbells.

"The Boys and Girls Club Practice Facility has undergone a dramatic transformation from being an unused room with outdated sports equipment," said Boys and Girls Club of Ada County Unit Director Matt Sorensen. "It has been upgraded to a professional workout facility and training room."

Medina, with the help of Stampede team Athletic Trainer Kevin Taylor, and Ed Flory, Stampede Basketball Operations Director, designed the weight room based on the Trail Blazers practice facility in Portland.

Ilett summed up how important the room will be: "The new weight room is a staple in the partnership with the Blazers and Stampede."