Inspired by a creative challenge contest through Camp Broadway, Toshaan choreographed an original dance piece representing the joy of a child who’s able to sleep safely from malaria. Since then, Toshaan has spread awareness about malaria around Austin, including speaking to students at the University of Texas and meeting with members of Congress.
Fifth-grade teacher Rosemary Wheeler has inspired her students at The Bush School to fundraise for Nothing But Nets for nearly 10 years. The school has raised more than $30,000 for bed nets through their annual “Mosquito Marathon,” where kids are sponsored by family and friends to run, walk, and hike to raise money for bed nets.
Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry has been a Nothing But Nets Champion since his early days as a star at Davidson College. Stephen has been one of the campaign’s biggest champions with his “Three for Three” Challenge, donating three bed nets for every three-pointer he sinks in the Warriors’ regular season. He also assisted in a bed net distribution trip to Tanzania in 2013 and has inspired countless fans to get involved.
Internationally renowned opera singer Simon Estes first heard about the fight against malaria when he sang at the Grand Finale Concert of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At that time a child was dying every 30 seconds from malaria, and Simon felt God call him to join this effort to save children’s lives. Since partnering with Nothing But Net in 2013, the Simon Estes Foundation has contributed over $100,000 for life-saving bed nets.
WNBA Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Ruth Riley has been a Nothing But Nets Champion since the campaign’s start. Having traveled and distributed bed nets in places like Nigeria and Angola, Ruth shares her experiences and stories with students, basketball players, members of Congress and communities across the nation, urging them to help save lives.
Legendary sportswriter Rick Reilly helped launch Nothing But Nets in 2006 through his Sports Illustrated column, “Nothing But Nets,” which asked people to give $10 for life-saving bed nets in Africa. Since then, the campaign has raised enough to send more than 7.25 million bed nets across Africa. Rick continues to be actively involved, using his charismatic voice and poignant writing to inspire and engage hundreds of thousands to take action.
Nick Sailor first became involved in the fight against malaria as captain of the Loomis Chaffee Boys Varsity soccer team, designing special Nothing But Nets uniforms. Later, he took his passion to the stage as rapper DJ Kraze, hosting a concert and selling t-shirts to raise money for bed nets.
For her seventh birthday, Naomi told her parents that instead of gifts, she wanted to help others by donating her birthday to Nothing But Nets. Now a teenager, Naomi has donated her birthday for malaria for nearly 10 years, inspiring many others to follow in her path.
As part of a school community service project, Michael chose to fundraise for Nothing But Nets by reaching out to friends and family. For every $5 donation, Michael made and sent a hand-made “thank you survival bracelet” to each donor. He’s already raised more than $600 and continues to educate his community about Nothing But Nets.
The Loomis Chaffee boys varsity team challenged Suffield Academy team to a soccer match in support of Nothing But Nets. 300 supporters came to watch the match and join in the fight against malaria, raising $2,000.
Two high school students, Justin Lambroza and Matthew Wayland, brought Nothing But Nets to Trinity School NYC in order to raise awareness about malaria in Africa. Inspired by Stephen Curry, their favorite basketball player, they wanted to raise more money in a fun way that gets the entire community involved, which they have done through bake sales and a school-wide basketball tournament. They have raised over $2,000 in 2014 alone.
Jared Montz is a retired professional soccer player and founder of the Online Soccer Academy. Each year on World Malaria Day, he organizes a Juggle-a-thon through his online soccer academy, engaging soccer players all over the world in the fight against malaria. Jared has raised over $26,000 to send nets and save lives.
Jackson Merrick and his classmates Myles and Kiera made African-themed bead bracelets to sell in order to raise funds to help Nothing But Nets protect families in Africa from malaria. They also did a presentation to the entire student body to encourage others to get involved. Jackson has also appeared on Capitol Hill and at United Nations Foundation events to inspire other kids and their families to join the fight against malaria.
Emily is a Malaria Fellow through the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, in partnership with Nothing But Nets. She engaged her campus community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to take action for Nothing But Nets by hosting a basketball tournament fundraiser and leading advocacy meetings with U.S. members of Congress from Wisconsin about the importance of the President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
As part of her bat mitzvah project, Ellie held a yard sale to raise funds for Nothing But Nets. She got friends and family to donate household items such as books, bikes, lamps, and pictures and made homemade granola bars for yard sale shoppers. In just four hours, Ellie made more than $500 – enough to purchase and deliver 50 bed nets to families who need them most. Ellie didn’t stop there- she went on to convince a local bakery to create and sell a special cupcake benefiting Nothing But Nets.
Elisabeth Clymer hosted swim-a-thon events with her local swim team. The team, composed of swimmers 3 to 18 years old, raised nearly $10,000 in 2011 and 2012. She also started the “SWAT Team” campaign at her church, which raised more than $30,000 in spare change.
Edson Kodama, former Secretary-General of Junior Chamber International (JCI), has been a long-term and committed champion, rallying JCI members around the world to commit to the Millennium Development Goals and specifically, the fight against malaria. He has also been personally involved, donating his birthday and engaging in various challenges to send nets and save lives.
Dr. Roach-Decker became passionate about malaria prevention after reading a book by Nothing But Nets champion Rick Reilly. Inspired by the fact that a child dies every minute from malaria, Dr. Roach-Decker has rallied her community in countless creative ways and raised over $16,000 for bed nets.
Former Major League Soccer player, Diego Gutierrez, has been a star on and off of the field for Nothing But Nets since 2007. Diego and his wife Ginna have been dedicated Champions, mobilizing countless soccer players, teams, and community members to get involved in the fight against malaria.