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Basin Electric Teams Up With The Dakota Wizards

June 20, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) - Dakota Wizards News Release

Bismarck ND, June 20, 2007 - The NBA Development League Champion Dakota Wizards are proud to announce that they have teamed up locally with Basin Electric Power Cooperative for the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA "Pledge to be a S.T.A.R" Summer Camp presented by McDonald's. The "Pledge to be a S.T.A.R." Summer Camp is a free basketball camp for boys and girls, ages 9-13 to be held at the Missouri Valley YMCA on June 28, 2007.

"Basin Electric is proud to be the local sponsor of such a worthwhile camp," says Ron Harper, Basin Electric CEO and general manager. "Many of our employees and their families are loyal Wizards fans, and this camp promotes much of what we also believe in and promote to our people: commitment to community, sportsmanship, teamwork, dedication and an active, healthy lifestyle. The children of this area will benefit tremendously from this unique camp, and we're proud to help bring this opportunity to our youth."

The partnership with Basin Electric allows all 250 youth attending the event to receive a complimentary water bottle, as well as a free general admission ticket to the Wizards 2007-08 home opener. Registration is currently under way, with under 100 spots still available.

"Basin Electric has been a tremendous community partner with the Wizards for a long time" said Wizards General Manager Tom Wagganer. "For us to be able to partner with them for this event and provide all the kids at the camp an opportunity to learn some basketball and life skills, not to mention a free ticket to our home opener, shows their commitment to the community."

Basin Electric is a consumer-owned, regional cooperative headquartered in Bismarck. It generates and transmits electricity to 121 member rural electric systems in nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. These member systems distribute electricity to about 2.5 million consumers.

Current and former NBA and WNBA stars will host aspiring basketball players, ages 9-13, for the day-long camp that will teach basketball fundamentals while stressing the values of the game, sportsmanship, teamwork, dedication, and leading an active, healthy lifestyle.

During the camps, Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA coaches will teach the fundamentals of shooting, passing, dribbling and defense, as well as organize competitive games throughout the day. In addition, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an NBA Cares partner, will host a workstation stressing the importance of nutrition and daily exercise.

There are a few spots left for this camp that is only open to the first 250 boys and girls ages 9-13 who register. Additional information and registration forms are available online at or by visiting the Missouri Valley YMCA.

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