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Jack Delaney '16 and Griffin Bader '16 have organized several dodgeball tournaments at Riverdale over the last several years to raise awareness and funds for Nothing But Nets, an organization associated with the United Nations Foundation that fights malaria by distributing mosquito nets in affected areas around the world.
At the group's summit in Washington, D.C., on Monday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice acknowledged the two students in her keynote remarks. Recognizing the efforts of the organization, she said: "All told, you have distributed nearly 10 million nets — proof that all of us — from students to CEOs to superstar athletes like Abby Wambach and Steph Curry —can make a world of difference."
The students have raised more than $2,200 for the organization. Most recently, they organized a faculty-student dodgeball tournament on Feb. 19 that raised $1,126. The students have a donor who is contributing a dollar for every dollar they raise. Delaney met Arash Vakil last year at the "Million Nets Pledge," a fundraising event in New York City. Delaney made a speech in which he talked about his efforts as a high schooler to fight malaria, and the importance of millennials engaging in world problems. Vakil was impressed and offered to donate alongside them.
To watch a video of Ambassador Rice's remarks, click here.