Stephen Curry Shoots Threes to Save Lives
Oakland, CA | November 26, 2012
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry tips off his Three for Three Challenge this holiday season with Curry donating three life-saving bed nets for every three-pointer he makes this season to Nothing But Nets. Since his time at Davidson, Curry has been a committed Champion of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which distributes insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect families across Africa from malaria. Curry has made 33 three-pointers so far this season—that means 99 bed nets will help 99 families sleep safe from infection.
“This is a cause that I have been seriously involved with ever since my college roommate started Buzzkill, a program to help purchase and provide bed nets to families in need,” said Curry. “In launching the Three for Three Challenge, I hope to not only provide much-needed bed nets to the Nothing But Nets campaign, but to also help raise awareness about ending malaria and let people know how they can assist. I look forward to visiting Africa this summer with the United Nations Foundation and Nothing But Nets to help distribute bed nets and witness firsthand how these simple nets can help change and save lives.”
Nothing But Nets invited campaign supporters to watch Curry, jersey number 30, and the Warriors in action Thanksgiving weekend. These supporters included 9-year-old Jordan Freer, who made a record-breaking swim to raise money for Nothing But Nets, and University of San Francisco baseball player Bob Mott, who led his team to send a net and save a life for every home run or strikeout. Curry greeted friends of Nothing But Nets after the game and talked about the Three for Three Challenge, and two supporters volunteered to match his gift for the night. On Sunday, November 25 Curry and his family joined Nothing But Nets and friends at The Lion King. Nothing But Nets will track Curry’s progress throughout the Warriors’ season and challenge fans to join him in the fight against malaria.
“Stephen Curry’s Three for Three Challenge is a great way to inspire NBA fans to join the fight against malaria,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “The generous support of our Champion Stephen Curry shows how anyone—from students, to CEOs, to sports stars—can send nets and save lives.”
Curry’s generous Three for Three Challenge will help Nothing But Nets provide partners in Chad, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, and other countries in Africa with critically needed bed nets. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, most of them children under five. But bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution, and can reduce the spread of malaria by 90 percent in areas with high coverage rates. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised $45 million from hundreds of thousands of generous Americans to send more than 6.5 million life-saving bed nets.
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, hundreds of thousands of 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 only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.
About the UN Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.