Fever Focus on a Different Type of Net

July 24, 2008 | Robert Ausdenmoore
For a second consecutive year, the Indiana Fever teamed up with the Nothing But Nets campaign to raise awareness about the devastation malaria has caused in Africa and to help stop the disease from taking more lives.

Nothing But Nets is a grassroots campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. The global organization works to educate people about the disease malaria, which claims the life of a child in Africa every 30 seconds. To combat this scary statistic, Nothing But Nets also raises money to send insecticide-treated mosquito nets to remote areas of Africa, quite literally saving lives in the process.

During the 2008 Nothing But Nets grassroots tour of Indianapolis, the organization was invited to Conseco Fieldhouse on consecutive days to work with the Indiana Fever in promotion of the campaign’s message.

On Wednesday, July 23, representatives from Nothing But Nets met with the Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers to host a Nothing But Nets “Malaria Bootcamp” youth workshop in the practice courts at Conseco Fieldhouse. Area children’s groups as well as independent youth participants were invited to attend the session, which featured a lecture on malaria from former Pacer Sam “Big Smooth” Perkins followed by games of knockout with current Fever center Bernadette Ngoyisa and former Pacer, Darnell Hillman.

All attendees to the workshop were given a folder of information on malaria and one of Nothing But Nets’ “Buzzkill” t-shirts. Before leaving, all were encouraged to attend the Fever game the following evening against the Minnesota Lynx.

On Thursday, July 24, representatives from the Nothing But Nets initiative again came to the Fieldhouse to collect donations from fans attending the Minnesota game. Those who stopped for information or to donate to the cause were given orange Nothing But Nets wristbands that they could wear to show their support of the campaign. With a donation of just $10, Nothing But Nets can purchase one of the insecticide treated nets for an individual in Africa. To make this message easily understood by Fever fans, an information booth and public service announcement were employed at the game to declare the team’s commitment to the Nothing But Nets effort.

Since its establishment, Nothing But Nets has engaged the work and support of over 70,000 individuals. To date, the campaign has raised more than $20 million and distributed over 700,000 nets to children and families in Africa. To learn more about Nothing But Nets or to become involved yourself, please visit www.nothingbutnets.net.