Basketball Teams Raising Awareness and Funds to Fight Malaria


Marywood University's men's and women's basketball teams are planning a Nets for Nets event to raise awareness about malaria's toll on communities in the developing world. Funds will support Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which works overseas to prevent and treat malaria.

On Wednesday, February 1, Marywood University Women's and Men's Basketball Teams will take on Philadelphia Biblical University at 6 and 8 p.m. at Marywood University's Mellow Center. All monies raised, including admission fees collected at the door and a "Donation Net," will be given to CRS to provide malaria nets for children in Africa.

Sr. John Michele Southwick, IHM, assistant director of Campus Ministry, says because last year's event was a success, Campus Ministry decided to do it again.

"I would like to see the end of preventable diseases," Sr. John Michele said. "Nets for Nets is a great way for us to raise awareness and money to fight malaria."

According to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, nearly one million people die from malaria each year, most of whom are children. Malaria is particularly debilitating to poor, rural communities in Africa, where access to health care and prevention techniques are limited.

Last year's Nets for Nets event raised more than 700 dollars, providing 110 treated malaria bed nets for children in Africa.

To make a donation, or if you have any questions, please contact Sr. John Michele Southwick, IHM, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 570.348.6211 x2413 or e-mail her at southwick@marywood.edu.