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Reagan Basketball Team a member of "Team Bzzzkill"

Team Bzzzkill

The Reagan basketball team are being recognized thanks to their donation that made each student a member of Team Bzzzkill. The fundraising effort was part of a campaign to stop the spread of Malaria in Africa by distributing mosquito-killing nets for people to sleep under. Nonprofit organization, Nothing But Nets, honored the players by making them official Team Bzzzkill members, which came with some great team T-shirts.

The team plans to wear its new T-shirts with pride to publicize and support the cause. Even better, the donations made in their honor paid for just over 109 nets for 109 children and families to sleep under. Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated matched the donation as part of World Malaria Day on April 25. This resulted in sending 219 live-saving nets to Africa, which means 219 families' children will not die of malaria.

Reagan Bzzzkill Members

The Reagan basketball team were happy to sport their new Bzzzkill Team T-shirts. Photo taken by Reagan teacher, Monique Sandoval.

"That's big enough to change the world. Long after the shirts are worn out, remember that the world was changed in your honor," read the thank you letter. "Live up to that. Take up the challenge to go on giving, to go on contributing. Other, younger students look up to you. Wear your shirts and challenge them to join Team BzzzKill, too."

Malaria is spread by the bite of a mosquito picking up a parasite from an infected person and passing it on to everyone else it bites. There are more than 200 million cases of malaria every year. More than 600,000 of those infected die from the disease, most of them children in Africa. A child dies from malaria every 60 seconds. Nothing But Nets can stop it.

Posted on May 5, 2014