Bryant Barr, a former Davidson College student, first became interested in global health issues on a mission trip. After his trip, he returned to Davidson and used his passion for basketball to engage his teammates and local students in a 3-on-3 tournament to raise money for bed nets. Now, just a couple of years later, Bryant is inspiring his community to send even more life-saving nets through his BUZZKILL Foundation to benefit Nothing But Nets.
In the 2011 BUZZKILL shoot-out, thirty teams from the Charlotte, North Carolina area came to the tournament with funds they had raised to go toward the purchase of life-saving bed nets. More funds raised meant a higher pick in a draft of Davidson College basketball players to coach their team for the day. Former Davidson All-American and current Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry returned to his alma mater to join the coaching line-up and save lives!
The team originally set the bar at $20,000 to beat last year’s accomplishment of $16,000 raised. This year the ‘BUZZKILL Shoot-Out’ surpassed its goal and raised more than $39,000 to send over 3,900 insecticide-treated bed nets! But the team didn’t stop there! They have also shared their successful fundraising model with other universities so more people can join the movement to end malaria. Last month, Vanderbilt University used the ‘BUZZKILL Shoot-Out’ model to conduct their own tournament, “Dores for Nets,” which gathered 3-8 grade boys from all over Nashville to send nets and save lives while playing their favorite sport. You can read about the shoot-out here and here.
In June, 2011, Bryant was awarded as a Hometown Hero during the Nothing But Nets Chicago city tour. In the city he now calls home, Bryant attended the WNBA Chicago Sky season-opening game and was recognized on center court at halftime along with the winner of the 25th Champion competition. Bryant’s years of support have had the dual impact of saving lives from malaria and encouraging his fellow basketball players to help spread the buzz!