The North Carolina Tar Heels can be proud of Rasheed Wallace and his humanitarian mission
No the North Carolina Tar Heels did not beat Notre Dame in South Bend tonight. This was despite the return of Marcus Paige’s shooting stroke for twelve points. No instead the good Tar Heels news comes from outside the sports playing arena.
Former Tar Heel forward/center Rasheed Wallace stepped up and sent water to Flint, MI. The city has been undergoing a water crisis ever since the Michigan state government decided to stop getting water from Detroit and instead use the polluted Flint River. The river ended up having high levels of lead and the people were inadvertently poisoned. Now, there are many who are trying to aid Flint with donations of water.
Wallace made the trip on a more personal basis, bringing a truck full of water cases north for the people of Flint. Wallace is best remembered for his time with the Detroit Pistons and how he helped them win a title in the 2003-4 season. Wallace was also with the Pistons for a few years after that, and left when that Pistons was broken up.
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Therefore the people who are hurting in Flint are also Pistons fans and people that Wallace feels some tie to. His trip went relatively unnoticed, but that also is more Rasheed. As pointed out by James Herbert of CBS Sports, Wallace may have had a reputation for emotion on the court but prefers to do things quietly off of it.
The current Heels could use a guy like Wallace to shore up the defensive issues that appeared against the Fighting Irish. Sadly his eligibility went away in 1995. There were breakdowns lots of places as Notre Dame drove to the basket at will throughout the game. Wallace certainly would not have surrendered over twenty offensive rebounds.
The Tar Heels are now on a two game losing streak and are still on the road. They look to get better against Boston College.