Chicago Fire Joins Nothing But Nets Challenge

March 30, 2009 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire FC News Release

CHICAGO, IL (March 30, 2009) - Chicago Fire Soccer today announced that the club will participate in a four-team fundraising challenge to benefit the Nothing But Nets campaign. The Fire, D.C. United, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and Seattle Sounders FC will each collect donations to see which club can raise the most funds for Nothing But Nets during a month-long Major League Soccer initiative that culminates on World Malaria Day on April 25. The team that raises the most money will randomly select one donating fan to win a trip for two to the 2009 MLS All-Star Game in Salt Lake City in July.

Created by the United Nations Foundation, Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. A $10 donation goes directly toward the purchase, distribution, and education about the proper use of a long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed net, which can prevent Malaria.

"The Chicago Fire and our fan base have shown a great commitment to enriching the lives of our fellow Chicagoans and the Nothing But Nets campaign is a great opportunity to expand our charitable reach internationally," said Chicago Fire President Dave Greeley. "Malaria is preventable and we look forward to doing our part to eradicate this deadly disease."

Fans can contribute to the cause by visiting, or clicking on the NOTHING BUT NETS TEAM CHALLENGE button on the team's official website,

Malaria infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than a million. One person dies every 30 seconds. Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children. Over 3,000 Sub-Saharan African children die each day from malaria.

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