- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A North Carolina-based nonprofit seeks to build playgrounds in Flint for children coping with the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis.

The Make An Impact Foundation announced Wednesday the first playground is planned outside Flint’s famed Berston Field House. The longtime facility has trained many athletes, including Olympic gold medalist boxer Clarissa Shields.

Flint native and foundation board Chairman Dale Gillmore says his hometown “needs some good news.” He sees the playground as a “rallying call for the community.”

“Make An Impact Week” starts Sept. 12 and will include various community improvement projects. Those efforts are envisioned as a lead-up to the playground construction.

Organizers seek corporate sponsors and donations. They plan to build more playgrounds if enough money is raised.

The foundation is working with KaBOOM!, a nonprofit that builds playgrounds nationwide.

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