I thought our college basketball series was over but we are happy to see it is not. The following comes from Davidson University and its men’s basketball team.
The team will be hosting next month its 2nd Annual BUZZKILL. Spearheaded by senior guard Bryant Barr, the BUZZKILL event involves a 3-on-3 tournament (May 2) and auction (April 25-May 2), with the aim to raise money for Nothing But Nets, an organization dedicated to preventing malaria in Africa.
The event has both a grassroots feel – the tournament is a double-elimination event for 3rd-8th graders – and some star factor – current Golden State rookie and former Wildcat Stephen Curry will join his former teammates for the event and serve as a guest coach for one of the participating teams.
“All the money that we raise goes toward the purchase of malaria nets for African countries,” said Barr. “One of the most dramatic statistics that really pops out at you is that a child dies every 30 seconds due to malaria, and the disease affects Africa’s economy so much that they lose almost $12 billion every year. As a Division I basketball player, I’ve been really blessed and really fortunate to do some amazing things. To give a little bit of ourselves is not too much to ask.”
Last year’s Davidson BUZZKILL raised over $16,000, which was donated to Nothing But Nets and used to purchase over 1,600 bed nets, protecting more than 6,400 people from malaria.
You can learn more about the event by clicking here.
For more information:
Marc Gignac, Sports Information Director