BOSTON -- The impact that Boston Celtics star guard Kyrie Irving has made on the game of basketball is undeniable.
The crossover dribble that has left many ankles in the NBA sore afterwards, the ability to finish at the rim or drain a clutch, late-game 3-pointer … we’ve seen him do it all time and time again.
And he’s managed to get his teammates involved as well in what has been a banner season for the six-time All-Star when it comes to passing the ball.
But the biggest assist Irving is making has nothing to do with what happens on that 94-by-50-foot basketball court.
It can be found thousands of miles away from Boston in Kenya, where Irving is lending a hand — his jersey actually — to help bring cleaner drinking water to the country.
According to water.org, there are 19 million people who lack access to clean water in Kenya.
Through Underdogs United, which helps professional athletes exchange their jerseys for sportswear with “clean water solutions stitched in,” Irving’s No. 11 Celtics Jersey is being auctioned off with the proceeds going towards clean water initiatives for schools in rural Kenya through a partnership with Impact Water.
Read the full article by A. Sherrod Blakely on NBC Sports here.