FLINT (WJRT) - (05/20/16) - In less than 24 hours a star-studded basketball game comes to Flint.
A well-known rapper is involved in the project to help children and others affected by the city's lead-contaminated water.
Doors to the 'Hoop 4 Water' charity game at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center open at 2 p.m. The game begins at 3 p.m.
Musician Snoop Dogg and former MSU and NBA player Morris Peterson Jr. organized the event.
Snoop Dogg was in Flint in January and met with Mayor Karen Weaver. He promised to come back to help the people of Flint and drum up support from his celebrity friends.
"He (Snoop Dogg) came and met directly with me because he wanted to hear first hand what was going on in the city of Flint," Weaver said. "I really appreciated that. Morris Peterson who was born and raised here, a Flintstone, said, ‘We're going to do whatever we can to help support Flint.’ We always talked about we have to have fun events going on in the city as well. We need something uplifting and relaxing...so Morris Peterson and Snoop Dogg got together."
Peterson said his heart aches because of what the water crisis has done, but he's determined to help people get through this tough time.
Spartans Coach Tom Izzo, former MSU players Zach Randolph and Jason Richardson will also be on hand.
Several Flintstones will also be making an appearance along with other surprise guests.
All of the proceeds will go to the Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation to be used on water initiatives - including education for kids, water filters and more.
"This game right here is for one thing - it's to make people feel good," Peterson said. "Everybody's been talking about all of the bad things that have been going on. Well, we want to bring some positive light to the situation and what's going on. But, we also don't want it to be swept up under the rug."
Peterson said he hopes to make the charity game an annual event. He told reporters the people of Flint are resilient and he's in this fight with them.
Many people who play basketball at Berston Field House are looking forward to the event.
"A lot of people don't keep their promises. A lot of people get big and get famous and forget about us. So, I appreciate Mo Pete, shout out to him," Flint resident Jayy Burks said.
Joy Thompson volunteers with the Flint Ball Team at Berston. She believes this fundraiser shows the next generation of athletes what generosity looks like.
"I think the kids would really look to that and think, when they get older or they see that somebody's trying to help out, maybe they can do more to help our city, their city," Thompson said.
"That's a big thing in youth now and everything. And they find a lot of basketball players inspirational. So, you know, that's the perfect thing to do," Anthony White, a coach at Berston Field House said.