Wednesday, March 24, 2010

'Dores for Nets: Vanderbilt Basketball Team's Best Idea Since Sweeping Tennessee

In conjunction with a global grassroots organization called Nothing but Nets, the Vanderbilt men's basketball team is hosting a 3-on-3 tournament for boys in 3rd through 8th grades on Saturday, April 17, to support the fight against malaria in the developing world. Proceeds from the Dores for Nets tournament and the accompanying silent auction will go to fund the purchase of malaria nets for families in African countries, where malaria is one of the biggest killers of children. Apparently Joe Duffy, inspired by a Rick Reilly column in SI, has been the driving force in setting this whole thing up.

If you aren't lucky enough to be a 7- to 14-year-old male and join a team coached by Dolla, A.J., J.J. or Jeff (I personally am extremely jealous), you can still participate in the silent auction or donate here. Just $10 buys someone a net, pays for its delivery, and covers education for the recipient on how to use it.

Nothing but Nets is apparently an affiliate or a program element of the UN Foundation, which has a 4-star rating in organizational efficiency (91% of the money they bring in goes to fund the actual charitable projects rather than administrative overhead -- that's good). Needless to say, this is an important and worthy international cause, and a pretty easy way to make a difference. Good stuff.

1 comment:

Julie said...

Nothing But Nets is a campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Thanks to the support of the UN Foundation, every $10 contribution to Nothing But Nets covers the cost of purchasing a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net, distributing it, and educating communities on its use - no portion goes to overhead costs.

I've had the pleasure of assisting Joe on this event and, as a Vanderbilt grad myself ('08), am looking forward to it being a huge success!

Go 'Dores!