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Curry to Continue "Three For Three Challenge" Benefitting Nothing But Nets
Back-toback NBA MVP will donate three life-saving bed nets for every three-pointer made this season to help protect families from Malaria: Warriors to match donation
For the fifth consecutive year, Warriors Guard and reigning MVP Stephen Curry will continue his Three For Three Challenge during the 2016-17 season by donating three life-saving bed nets to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign for each three-pointer he makes this season, the team announced today. For the third consecutive season, the Warriors will also match Curry’s donation to protect thousands of children and families from malaria, a deadly, yet preventable and treatable disease.
During his first four seasons participating in the Three For Three Challenge (2012-16), Curry has donated 3,663 nets towards the Nothing But Nets campaign. Last season, Curry established a new NBA single-season three point record with 402 three-pointers made, eclipsing his previous record of 286 threes set during the 2014-15 season, providing 1,206 bed nets to the campaign. In the past three seasons, the Warriors organization has joined the challenge and donated 1,783 nets to help Nothing But Nets protect families most at risk from malaria.
“Malaria continues to impact so many families and children throughout Africa and I’m grateful that I’m in a position to help support and raise awareness for Nothing But Nets,” said Curry. “This is the fifth consecutive season of my Three For Three Challenge and look forward to continuing to help save lives one net at a time.”
Fans can join Curry’s Three for Three Challenge by making their own pledge to protect families from malaria at NothingButNets.net/StephenCurry. Fans can also learn more about Nothing But Nets by viewing the trailer for the campaign’s upcoming virtual reality film, Under the Net, which chronicles the experiences of an 11-year-old girl living in a refugee camp and facing the risk of contracting malaria.
“Together with our UN partners and programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the President’s Malaria Initiative, we’ve made amazing progress against malaria,” said Nothing But Nets Director Margaret Reilly McDonnell. “It’s really exciting that we could be the generation to end malaria for good.”
First introduced to the movement by his college roommate, Bryant Barr, Curry has since been a champion of Nothing But Nets, which works with the UN and other partners to protect families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. There are now more than 30 million refugees displaced by violence who now live in areas where malaria is transmitted, and a child passes away from the disease every two minutes. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has delivered nearly ten million life-saving nets and other malaria interventions to protect families in need thanks to the generous contributions from its partners, champions, and supporters. In 2013, Curry visited a refugee camp in Tanzania with the campaign, helping to deliver nets to families and hang them in their homes.
About Nothing But Nets
Now in its tenth year, Nothing But Nets is a global campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a disease which claims the life of a child every two minutes. 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. Nothing But Nets has raised $60 million to help deliver nearly ten million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria interventions. In addition to raising funds for its UN partners, Nothing But Nets raises awareness and voices to advocate for critical malaria funding for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It only costs $10 to help save lives from this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to defeat malaria.
About The United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.
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