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World Malaria Day was celebrated around the planet on Sunday, April 25, and actor Jeremy Piven helped the cause by taking part in a special baseball game in Chicago.

The game saw the Chicago White Sox take on the Seattle Mariners in a closely fought match delayed by rain. The first pitch was thrown by Piven, and the national anthem was led by American Idol finalist Elliot Yamin. Jeremy joined Malaria No More in asking fans throughout the stadium to text “NET” to 85944 to donate a $10 mosquito net that can help a family in Africa protect themselves from malaria.

World Malaria Day is not the only cause being supported by the White Sox this year. On Saturday, May 8, members of the White Sox Volunteer Corps will assist in restoration work at a Perspectives Charter School in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side and the Little Village Boys & Girls Club in Chicago’s South Lawndale/Little Village neighborhood – both located near U.S. Cellular Field. And the team’s second baseman Gordon Beckham is making a donation to the National Parkinson Foundation for every home run that he hits during the 2010 season.

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