BASKETBALL AND BATTLING MOSQUITO-BORNE MALARIA


NBA Superstar Steph Curry while on mission to Tanzania to distribute mosquito nets (image credit: Images/Stuart Ramson for UN Foundation)

Celebrating its 10th year in business. ohDEER is the leader in all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

Out of our corporate office in Wayland, MA, we service the Metropolitan Boston area.

Our franchise system is rapidly growing, with one franchise each covering the following geographic areas:  Central Massachusetts; Southeastern Massachusetts; Cape Cod and the Islands; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

More and more people opt for the ohDEER all-natural solutions and methods to keep deer off their property, and from chewing on shrubs and low-lying leaves on trees – and bringing with them ticks that can carry disease.

Of course, ticks, independent of deer can travel to yards and business properties – yet are prevented from doing so when they are repelled by ohDEER applications – as are mosquitoes, which can also carry and transmit disease to humans and animals.

Steph Curry launching a “three” (image credit: ESPN 99.1 FM)

This being basketball season and all, we thought it fitting in today’s post to feature a grassroots global campaign, launched in 2006, that battles the deadly epidemic of malaria in Africa , and which has strong ties to hoops, the NBA, and one of the best players on the planet.

Of course, mosquitoes – specifically the Anopheles genus of mosquitoes — carry malaria which they transfer to people.

Nothing But Nets is the name of the campaign.

“Nothing But Nets” is the title of column (a play off the “nothing-but-net” descriptor of shot in basketball that goes through the goal without touching the rim) written by the award-winning writer, Rick Reilly, which was published in May 2006 in Sports Illustrated, and which called on readers to each donate $10 to purchase a mosquito net that can cover a sleeping child in Africa.

Mr. Reilly, and the column, inspired a cause, and a program.

Nothing But Nets has raised close to $50 million and purchased 7.5 million nets.

One of the partners of Nothing But Nets is the NBA, through its worldwide social responsibility arm, NBA Cares.

A standard bearer for the NBA’s giving to Nothing But Nets is Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, one of most effective scorers in the history of the game, and just maybe its most efficient and accurate long-range shooter.

Stephen “Steph” Curry knows a lot about “nothing but net.”   He holds the NBA record for most three-pointers in a season, with 402 – a mark that improved the record he set the previous year with 286, which improved on the record he set two years prior to that with 272.

Now, consider, that over the past five seasons, Mr. Curry has donated three bed nets for every three-pointer he makes.   Please do the math.

And, consider, and we are thinking the territories in which ohDEER does business – it can temper the distress when Mr. Curry is dropping treys on the Celtics, Knicks, Nets, and Sixers, if fans of those programs understand the good those three-pointers are bringing about.

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