Ravens running back Justin Forsett is doing tangible work to help alleviate the water crisis in Flint, Mich.
Forsett launched a company in 2009, ShowerPill, which produces antibacterial body wipes. So Forsett partnered with his company, the United Way, and close to 20 NFL players to have $100,000 worth of body wipes and water delivered to Flint.
It has become a hands-on project for Forsett, who will be in Flint on Tuesday. His college roommate, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, is planning to join Forsett, as is Forsett’s former Ravens teammate, 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith.
Forsett wants to hear from people in Flint so he can learn what else can be done. Meanwhile, the mother of Saints running back Mark Ingram, a Flint native, is overseeing the delivery of wipes and water to families.
When Forsett heard about Flint’s plight on the news, he was moved to do something.
"I started hearing about the color of the water, how people were bathing with bottled water and wet wipes, kids with lead in their bodies,” Forsett wrote on this personal blog at sportsblog.com
“We are not trying to put just a Band-Aid on the situation, but are looking to make a real impact and hopefully work on long-term solutions. One thing I learned from interacting with those involved with the Baltimore riots is that people just want to be heard. When we spoke to the kids there, so many of them said they felt like they didn’t have a voice and that nobody cared about them.
“Whether it’s in Flint or Baltimore or wherever, we are blessed with this opportunity for a little bit of time. It’s up to us to use it in the right way so we can have a positive effect on the world around us.”
Forsett would love to be playing in Super Bowl 50, but views the work he’s doing in Flint as extremely important.
“Truth is, 30 years from now, we probably won’t remember (much) of what happens this coming Super Bowl weekend (other than maybe the winner),” Forsett wrote. “But the things that last are relationships and the impact you make on people’s lives. So while we are having fun and celebrating Super Bowl weekend, it’s important to remember the responsibility that comes along with the blessing of playing in the NFL.”
It’s not hard to figure out why Forsett is one of the most respected people in the Ravens’ organization.
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