Women's Basketball Brings Back Threes for the Disease ALS Campaign

Women's Basketball Brings Back Threes for the Disease ALS Campaign

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In conjunction with Health Net, Inc., the Sacramento State women's basketball team has brought back its Threes for the Disease campaign in support of ALS research and awareness.

With the help of sponsor Health Net, Inc., every made three-pointer the women's basketball team hits this year will once again be worth a $10 donation to the ALS Association, Greater Sacramento Chapter.

"ALS is an insidious disease that will only be solved with community partnerships such as this one with Health Net and Sacramento State," said Amy Sugimoto, executive director of the ALS Association, Greater Sacramento Chapter. "We are immensely grateful for their commitment to helping those battling ALS."

A banner on the wall inside The Nest will track how many three-pointers the Hornets have made this season and members of the Sacramento State cheer team will update the total during games.

The program, which was first created prior to the 2010-11 season in support of former Sacramento State women's basketball player Sami Field-Polisso's mother, Nancy, who is still battling ALS. That year the Hornets raised $2,160 as they knocked down 216 shots from beyond the arc. Health Net's support this year allows the Hornets to bring back a very meaningful program.

"Health Net, Inc. is pleased to join the Sacramento State women's basketball team and the ALS Association in helping fight and cure ALS," said Jeff Cinciarelli, vice president of sales for Health Net, Inc. "We are committed to these kinds of powerful community partnerships that help people lead healthy, productive and active lives."

ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as, "Lou Gehrig's Disease" is a progressive degenerative disorder of the upper and lower motor neurons.  With ALS, the motor neurons degenerate or die, causing the muscles to gradually weaken and atrophy resulting in partial paralysis; however, people with ALS can still see, hear, smell and feel.  ALS is a terminal disease; once diagnosed the average lifespan is 2-5 years.

At this time, there is no cure or effective treatment for ALS, and although the cause is not completely understood, recent research has brought a wealth of new scientific understanding regarding the physiology of the disease. New research findings give hope to the 30,000 in the United States that are currently living with ALS.

The mission of The Greater Sacramento Chapter is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. We implement our mission by focusing on global research, public policy and patient and caregiver services in 24 Northern California counties. For more information or to make a donation, please visit the ALS Association - Greater Sacramento Chapter online.


Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net, through its subsidiaries, provides and administers health benefits to approximately 5.4 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs.

Health Net's behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 4.9 million individuals, including Health Net's own health plan members. Health Net's subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs. For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit the company's website at www.healthnet.com.