Last week the Nothing But Nets campaign had a special treat – not one, or even two, but FIVE Major League Soccer players joined us and MLS W.O.R.K.S. in Orlando, FL at the Kick It 3v3 World Championship. This event brought over 6,000 budding soccer stars to Disney’s Wide World of Sports to compete to be the best three person team in the nation. And we got to be part of the action!
Dwayne De Rosario of the Houston Dynamo, Diego Gutierrez and Bakary Soumare of the Chicago Fire, Kevin Hartman of the Kansas City Wizards and Jose Burciaga of the Colorado Rapids all came down to lend their time and talent in support of Nothing But Nets. The players put on a skills demo for hundreds of fans and, while doing so, helped raise awareness for malaria. Diego spoke to the crowd, letting them know that everyone can make a difference – and make a difference they did. Teams were soon announcing their commitments and challenging others within their brackets to do the same.
Within just a few hours thousands of 3v3 participants were sporting cool, new Nothing But Nets and MLS W.O.R.K.S. orange wristbands and raised over $2,000 for nets! Thanks to MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS players we are reaching out to a whole new group of soccer fans to send a net and save a life.