Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game.

December 16, 2009

Now through January 31, Nothing But Nets supporters can donate $10 or more and get two complimentary tickets to an NBA game, subject to availability and participating teams.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets tipped off the promotion, Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game. on Monday, December 14. Presented by Hewlett-Packard, the promotion aims to send anti-malaria bed nets to refugees in 11 African countries, as part of the NBA Cares Season of Giving - while rewarding participants with the opportunity to catch an NBA game. 
 
Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game. encourages NBA fans and Nothing But Nets supporters to send the life-saving bed nets to displaced families in Africa to help protect them from malaria - the number one killer of refugees on the continent. ESPN sportswriter Rick Reilly, who inspired the United Nations Foundation to create the Nothing But Nets campaign through his May 2006 Sports Illustrated column, will match fan donations, net for net, up to a total of $25,000. 
 
"This tremendous effort aligns with the NBA's long tradition of addressing important health and wellness issues worldwide," says the NBA Executive Vice President for Social Responsibility and Player Programs, Kathy Behrens. "We know our fans care about these causes as passionately as the NBA, and we are proud to provide them the opportunity to make a life-saving donation as part of the NBA Cares Season of Giving."
 
Long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets are one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods of preventing the spread of malaria. They create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur. One bed net can protect a family of four, and lasts three to five years. It costs just $10 to purchase and deliver the net, along with educating the recipient on its proper use. 
 
To date, Nothing But Nets has raised close to $30 million and has sent nearly three million nets to children, pregnant women, and refugees throughout Africa. 
 
 
To help The United Methodist Church meet its giving goals, please be sure to designate yourself as a United Methodist when making a Nothing But Nets gift online. (Open the dropdown menu beside "NBN how did you hear?" - located immediately above the Credit Card Information section - and click on "United Methodist Church.")
 
About Nothing But Nets
 
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, and created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association's NBA Cares, the people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease from claiming another victim. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.