Notre Dame and Virginia Tech women’s basketball teams “Fighting for Flint”
#3/3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-1 / 6-0 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (14-4 / 2-3 ACC)
Jan. 24, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET, Notre Dame, Ind. – Purcell Pavilion (9,149)
Series: ND leads 7-1
TV: ESPN3/WatchESPN (live) (Mike Monaco, p-b-p / Nik Valdiserri, color)
Radio: Pulse FM (96.9/92.1)/WatchND (live) (Bob Nagle, p-b-p)
Live Stats: UND.com
The No. 3 Notre Dame women’s basketball program has tipped off a grassroots effort called “Fighting For Flint” to help the citizens of Flint, Michigan, and Genessee County, who currently are enduring a water shortage crisis due to contamination in the water supply. The Fighting Irish initiative is in concert with the groundbreaking work completed by Virginia Tech professors in uncovering the dangerous levels of lead in Flint’s water supply.
Prior to Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech, Fighting Irish head coach Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame senior associate athletics director Jill Bodensteiner will present Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff with a monetary donation for the Flint Water Project, an effort spearheaded by a volunteer group of Virginia Tech engineering faculty and students who have teamed up to help find a solution to the Flint water crisis.
Virginia Tech professor Dr. Marc Edwards, an expert in water treatment, and his team of researchers conducted extensive tests on water in Flint. Their work provided the first comprehensive data that contradicted the city’s own claims that the water in Flint was safe. The team’s published results helped to bring national and international attention to the lead contamination issue. [Learn more about the study and its researchers]
Notre Dame fans also are invited to participate in “Fighting For Flint,” either by making their own monetary donations at Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech (collection buckets will be available at Gates 8, 9 and 10) or by bringing donations of money or bottled water to the Notre Dame women’s basketball office (Gate 1 of Purcell Pavilion) next week. All fan donations (financial and water) will be directed to Catholic Charities of Shiawasee and Genessee Counties, which will help distribute these donations to the citizens of Flint and the surrounding area.
- Flint Water Study Fundraising Page
- Work continues on Flint disaster declaration. Michigan Radio
- Virginia Tech researcher accuses state health officials of “hiding” data on Flint’s water Michigan Radio
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