TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

NBA star delivers bed nets to Tanzania with U.N. program

Stephen Curry, the National Basketball Association's single-season three-point record holder, recently traveled to Tanzania with the U.N. Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign to deliver bed nets to protect a refugee camp from malaria.

Curry visited the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in northwestern Tanzania to donate 38,000 bed nets to protect the 68,000 refugees living there. In 2012, there were 62,000 cases of malaria recorded among the camp's refugees.

"After working for several years to raise awareness to fight malaria, it was inspiring to meet people who are at risk for this easily-preventable disease and need our help," Curry said. "I donated three nets for every three-pointer I made during the 2012-13 season, and now every time I hit a three I will think of the families I met in Tanzania. As a father, I do everything I can to keep my daughter safe. The parents I met in Nyarugusu do the same, but they need help to protect their children from malaria. That's why I'm challenging all my fans to get involved and support Nothing But Nets."

The distribution of nets was made possible by a partnership between the Tanzania Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Malaria is the top cause of death in the refugee camp and the top cause of death in children at the camp under the age of five.

Rick Reilly, a columnist for ESPN and the co-founder of Nothing But Nets, accompanied Curry on the trip.

"How do you sum up a life-changing trip?" Reilly said. "We met people at Camp Nyarugusu who literally cried when we gave them their net. We met women who'd lost children to malaria, clutching their net like a new diamond necklace. We checked into a hotel an hour away and slept under our own nets and worried about the holes in them. We watched a young NBA superstar, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, get mobbed by kids. They had no idea who he was; they only knew he was going to keep them safe from malaria. We left happy."

Since the U.N. Foundation created the Nothing But Nets campaign in 2006, hundreds of thousands of people have participated in the campaign to help prevent malaria.