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Charity Fundraiser is a Swish

Oklahoma City University’s Wesley Center will host a basketball-themed fundraiser Jan. 20 for Nothing But Nets, an organization that funds malaria prevention efforts in Africa by providing families with mosquito nets that have been treated with insecticide.

The Wesley Center, a student religious life activity group, has planned a variety of fundraising ideas to coincide with the OCU Star’s home basketball games against Oklahoma Baptist. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and the men play at 8 p.m.

Rev. Jennifer Long, director of Religious Life at OCU, said her student group had success with the fundraiser last year, which netted the charity about $2,000.

“Malaria is one of the largest killers of children in Africa. Every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria,” Long said. “This event is an opportunity for our students, student-athletes and fans to contribute toward a worthy cause and reach out in love and service to other parts of the world.”

The group is collecting sponsorships for a free-throw shooting contest during halftime of the men’s game. The contestants are leaders of the university’s various student organizations.

They are also seeking donors to contribute $10 for each three-point shot made during the games, and spectators may purchase $1 tickets for a chance to win tickets to OKC Thunder games and other prizes. All money raised will go to Nothing But Nets.

The Wesley Center will sell T-shirts featuring the fundraiser logo during the game for $10 each, which equals the cost of purchasing and distributing a mosquito net. Those who mention they are with a church may purchase game tickets at the door for $6, half of which will go to Nothing But Nets.

The games will be in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center at Northwest 27th Street and Florida Avenue.

For more information about the fundraiser, call Long at (405) 208-5078. For more information about Nothing But Nets, visit www.nothingbutnets.net.