Fans Sink Nets to Save Lives at All-Star Weekend in Dallas

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NBA Cares donates $10 for anyone who takes a shot against malaria with the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign

We're teaming up with NBA Cares, one of our founding partners, to spread the buzz by asking fans to 'sink a net to save a life,'

The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign announced the National Basketball Association's NBA Cares will donate $10--the cost to send a life-saving bed net for a child--for anyone who sinks a net on the Nothing But Nets hoop during All-Star's Jam Session, from February 11-13, at the Dallas Convention Center.

"We're teaming up with NBA Cares, one of our founding partners, to spread the buzz by asking fans to 'sink a net to save a life,'" said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. "NBA Cares is giving everyone, from NBA players to fans, the opportunity to join the fight against malaria and save lives in Africa."

In just three days, students and superstars have stopped by to support Nothing But Nets, and have helped raise funds to send nearly 2,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to save lives in Africa. The campaign aims to send more than 2,500 bed nets by the end of All-Star weekend.

"We are very grateful to NBA Cares and the Dallas community for their enthusiasm and commitment to joining the movement to end malaria," added Logalbo.

Malaria is preventable, but causes nearly 500 million illnesses each year and kills nearly one million of those who become infected - most of them children under the age of five. Ninety percent of deaths caused by malaria occur in Africa, where the disease is a leading killer of children. Every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria. Bed nets prevent malaria transmission by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. For only $10, anyone can send a net and save a life; and together we can cover Africa.

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. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, more than 100,000 people have joined the campaign that was 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 costs just $10 to provide a long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed net to prevent this deadly disease. Visit http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

Media Contact:
Negin Janati
Public Affairs and Communications for Children's Health
202.378.7858
njanati(at)unfoundation(dot)org

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