February 4, 2011: Two-time NBA MVP and Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash launches a mobile giving campaign to benefit Educare Arizona, a platform of the Steve Nash Foundation. The Phoenix Suns designated Friday, February 4 “Educare – Early Learning Night at the Phoenix Suns,” while Nash and the home team matchup against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Starting today, US cell phone users can make a $10 donation to the Steve Nash Foundation in its support of Educare Arizona by texting NASH to 20222.* Fans who participate by donating or simply registering their information at www.SteveNash.org, between now and midnight (MST) on February 5, 2011, have a shot at winning Nash’s game-worn shoes from the evening’s matchup between Suns and Thunder.
“I’m really excited to make it even easier to assist such a critical cause,” said Steve Nash. There is no more basic need, no more important work than ensuring that every child can access high-quality educational opportunities. Educare Arizona will help individual children and families, but it also helps our communities because of the impact this kind of program has. This is such a simple way to be a part of it.”
Early Head Start and Head Start Families, children and families from the Balsz School District and Educare community stakeholders and supporters will attend the February 4 game. Oklahoma City’s own Educare school opened in July 2009, and serves 200 at-risk children and their families.
Donations are tax deductible and are billed automatically through the donor’s phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. The Steve Nash Foundation’s text giving program is certified by the Mobile Giving Foundation and is administered through Give by Cell. The game-worn sneaker winner will be contacted via cell. All entries agree to opt-in to receive the notification call. The Give by Cell program is only available in the United States.
About Give by Cell
Give by Cell is one of a select group of approved providers of mobile giving technology, licensed by the Mobile Giving Foundation (MGF) to provide text message donation services. The company provides qualifying nonprofits with services to capture text message donations and reach a new generation of first-time donors. Give by Cell is a division of Guide by Cell Inc., the world’s largest provider of mobile technologies to nonprofits and cultural institutions. Services include cell phone audio tours, text message services, iPhone and Smartphone applications mobile web, and mobile training.
About the Steve Nash Foundation
The Steve Nash Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and registered Canadian charity founded by two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life. The Foundation focuses on increasing access to critical health and education resources in British Columbia, Arizona, and Paraguay. More about the Steve Nash Foundation is at stevenash.org. More about the Mobile Giving platform is at stevenash.org/NASH.
About Educare Arizona
Educare Arizona is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to bring private-public collaboration to bear on at-risk children and their families. By providing best practices in early learning to at-risk children ages birth to five years, Educare centers across the country are narrowing the achievement gap for low-income families. Each Educare center combines private philanthropy, like that of the Steve Nash Foundation, with available funding from existing federal (e.g., Early Head Start and Head Start) and state programs to create and deliver the highest quality early learning experience. Educare Arizona will open its doors this summer. Learn more at stevenash.org, educarearizona.org, or educareschools.org.
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