Rivalry between Wolverine and Spartan fans used to help raise money to test rape kits

Posted at 5:14 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 17:15:26-04

The rivalry between Wolverine and Spartan fans is heating up, but one competition is all for a good cause.

Whether you are Michigan or Michigan State fan, you always want your team to win!

There is an online fundraising contest underway using social media so folks can donate money for their team, but either way, the community wins.

Famous for being part of Michigan's Fab Five, Jimmy King is leading the Wolverine's fundraising campaign to raise money to test rape kits in Wayne County.

"People are competitive and that's what we want. We want people to root for the school and at the same time, donate to a good cause."

Popular alumni from both schools are making a huge push on social media for fans to donate to the African American 490 Challenge.

It's an organization that raises money to help pay to for rape kits testing in Wayne County.

Michigan State alumni and ESPN personality Jemele Hill is leading the Spartan team.

She said she is joined the cause because her mother was a rape survivor and she escaped a sexual assault attack.

According to Wayne County officials - in 2009 there were more than 11-thousand rape kits were found unopened and untested.

As of today, there are more than 700 kits that still need to be tested.

It costs $490 to test each kit.

That's just the tip of the iceberg - once the kits have all been tested -- officials still have to investigate in hopes of prosecuted the criminals.

"You have such a large number of rape test kits that have not been even looked at or tested is disturbing," King added. "Walking through the neighborhoods, you want to feel safe and I can't imagine what that feels like for young ladies."

You can go online, pick a team and donate.  You have from now until midnight after Saturday's game to donate.

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