Twin Cities Nets - a benefit for Nothing But Nets

Every year more than a million people around the globe needlessly die of malaria, primarily children in sub-Saharan Africa. That's the equivalent of the entire populations of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth and Eagan dropping dead from the disease annually.

Transmission of malaria can be cut by roughly 60 percent if families in impacted areas are provided insecticide-treated mosquito nets. These nets cost roughly $10 to purchase and distribute in areas of the world hardest hit by malaria.

Two years ago, following a Sports Illustrated column by Rick Reilly about malaria, Nothing But Nets was created to attack this issue. Since then the nonprofit group has tapped more than $18 million and distributed well over 700,000 nets. You can learn more about the organization at www.nothingbutnets.net.

Since its inception sports organizations have played a vital role in Nothing But Nets' success. Major League Soccer players such as Diego Gutierrez and Dwayne De Rosario have helped raise money for the organization.

Support Nothing But Nets

As fans of the beautiful game, we want to extend this tradition locally. On Sunday, September 14 at 5 p.m., we will be hosting a benefit for Nothing But Nets at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis's West Bank neighborhood. This family friendly event will include food, drinks, music, a silent auction and appearances by players from the Minnesota Thunder. Admission is $10 -- the cost of one bed net.

Please help us spread the word. You can find out more here: http://www.myspace.com/twincitiesnets. Or contact Paul Demko with any questions (651.488.2790; pjdemko@gmail.com).

If you are unable to attend the benefit, you may
still contribute to the cause. Please make your donation
to Nothing But Nets on our team page here.