Warriors' Steph Curry promotes anti-malaria program at White House

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry spoke at the White House to champion a personal cause, the fight against malaria, on Feb. 25, 2015.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry spoke at the White House to champion a personal cause, the fight against malaria, on Feb. 25, 2015.
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WASHINGTON (KGO) -- Golden State Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry is used to being center court, but on Wednesday he took center stage at the White House to champion a personal cause -- the fight against malaria.

We're told that Curry met with President Barack Obama and the two talked about the fantastic season the Warriors are having. A picture on Twitter showed Curry getting cozy with the first dogs Bo and Sunny.

But the key reason Curry was at the White House was to support the nation's 10-year initiative on malaria, which is something the Warriors guard is passionate about.

Curry is having a sensational season, and one of the payoffs has been his crusade against malaria. He talked about it Wednesday at a White House event celebrating progress that's been made to eradicate the mosquito-borne infectious disease devastating sub-Saharan Africa.

Nothing But Nets

Curry has been active in efforts to reduce deaths since his college days. And as a Warrior, he's made a pledge to send three nets for every three-pointer he makes.

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Curry actually went to Tanzania in 2013 to hand out those nets treated with insecticide. He's partnered with a United Nations Foundation program called Nothing But Nets. When he returned from Africa he explained how they work on Good Morning America.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry appeared on Good Morning America to explain how nets treated with insecticide work in the fight against malaria.

While underneath the net Curry said, "Imagine were in a bed right now. We're protected right? So the mosquitos can't get through."

"The reason we do what we do, Stephen and the Nothing But Nets campaign, is because a child still dies from this disease malaria, which is totally preventable," said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich.

Helfrich, who's from the East Bay, joined the basketball star at the White House.

Curry's pledge to donate three bed nets for every three-pointer he makes is matched by the Warriors and has meant more than 2,300 of the lifesaving nets over the past two seasons.

"The year that Steph is having today, I would expect that there's gonna be a lot more focus on his personal efforts in this area, which will do nothing but increase the effectiveness of the program," said Warriors President and CEO Rick Welts.

The Warriors are hosting a Nothing But Nets event at the March 8 game at Oracle Arena. The team will donate a net for every special event ticket purchased and those fans will have the opportunity to see Curry give a post-game talk.