You may not be able to shoot like an NBA star, but you can still join the challenge to help give back like one. NBA Point Guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has teamed up with ‘Nothing But Nets’ to help saves lives by preventing Malaria, a disease which claims the life of a child every two minutes.
As Brian Carlson finds out, the movement was started back in 2006 by sports columnist Ricky Reilly, who was inspired by a movement that changed millions of lives with a single column. “For one thing, I needed a column that week,” said Reilly, “I had nothing.” My daughter had told me about this problem with malaria. Kids could be saved if they just slept under a net. Then I saw this documentary about it and I was like, sports fans would love that!”
From there, the movement took off. Hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006-raising $60 million to help deliver nearly ten million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria interventions. Now in their tenth year, Nothing But Nets aim to deliver their ten millionth net and achieve The Million Nets Pledge, a two-year commitment to protect refugees and their families across a sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.
For the fourth consecutive year, Stephen donates three bed nets to Nothing But Nets for every three-pointer he makes during the NBA season (our producer Brittany Johnson has done the math up to this point. To date Stephen has made 1,211 3-pointers, so that’s 3,633 bed nets). In 2013, he traveled to Tanzania with the campaign and Rick Reilly to hand-deliver nets to refugees and hang them in homes.
It only costs $10 to purchase and deliver an insecticide-treated bed net, provide education on its proper use, and provide other malaria reduction interventions that can prevent this deadly disease.
Click here to send a net and save a life.