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Andre Dirrell raising money for Flint water crisis

Andre Dirrell is raising money to help the citizens of his hometown.

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Super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell is a native of Flint, Michigan, and is doing his part to help the ongoing crisis in his hometown, where lead poisoning in the water supply remains a threat to the community.

"As an athlete, I have a great appreciation for the importance of water in someone's life," said Dirrell. "You can't train without water, but the people of Flint need it for much more than drinking. They need to bathe, cook, and stay alive. This is a tragedy and I feel as though I'm in a position to not only do what I can to help these people, but encourage my fellow fighters and the whole boxing community to do what they can.

"On a personal note, I have over 30 family members living in Flint can possibly be poisoned, including six or seven of my nieces and nephews who range from the ages of 2-13. It hurts knowing that there are serious long-term effects, especially on young kids. If those were my kids, I would want something to be done. Let's help save my city."

Dirrell has set up a page on Go Fund Me where you can contribute, in association with Bottles for the Babies.