GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Calvin athletics will once again partner with Cornerstone University to support the Knight of Nets event. This weekend will be the third year that Calvin will participate with the event. The original idea ("Nothing but Nets") belongs to the ESPN and Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly. The idea to bring similar events to West Michigan colleges was initially proposed by Cornerstone University's assistant coach (Ryan Souders' high school coach) Chip Huber.
"Knight of Nets is one of the best things we do here at Calvin," said men's soccer head coach Ryan Souders. "Having influence for real change, as a result of our athletic endeavors, might be the greatest thing we can do in athletics. It's an absolute joy to partner with other teams here at Calvin and other institutions like Cornerstone University, among others in order to strike back against malaria in communities that can use help."
The ACHA men's hockey game on Friday, Oct. 2 versus Xavier University, Saturday men's soccer versus Kalamazoo at noon and women's soccer versus Hope and volleyball on Tuesday, Oct. 6 vs. Adrian will all be participating in the Knight of Nets Weekend. In addition to those games both Calvin softball and baseball teams will be participating in their non-traditional competitions on campus.
Proceeds of the event will help buy malaria nets. According to the Night of Nets information guide, "a bite of a mosquito is one of the deadliest actions in our world, still taking lives of close to 2000 children in Africa each night."
Fans can but a shirt and a portion of the proceeds will help buy nets or donate to the cause. A six dollar donation buys a net.
The Calvin GameDay office will be selling shirts at all four events. GameDay will also be hosting a Night of Nets Tailgate on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. inviting all fans to come out and enjoy the festivities. GameDay will provide tables, a couple of big grills for those who like to get creative, a sound system, lawn games, bubble soccer, donuts, hot chocolate and bottled water. We ask that you bring your own food and chairs.