Nuggets, Rapids to help anti-malaria campaign

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The NBA's Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer are promoting a national campaign to buy $10 malaria nets for children in Africa.

The effort is called Nothing But Nets and began with a column in Sports Illustrated by Colorado writer Rick Reilly nearly two years ago. The United Nations Foundation has worked with sports teams, churches and other groups in cities including Miami, Houston and Chicago to promote donations and is adding Denver to the list.

The effort is led by former U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth, now head of the foundation. He accepted a $20 donation and an official proclamation from Gov. Bill Ritter at the Capitol Wednesday.

Ritter served as a missionary in Africa with his family in the 1980s. He said his donation was for his wife and one of his sons who contracted malaria while they were there.