Drought, famine, and crippling poverty better stay on the bench for this fight because Kermit Washington is coming out swinging. The former NBA baller and American University alum has his own non-profit organization called Project Contact Africa, that wants to throw a roundhouse right to the skull of hunger on the troubled continent and leave it bleeding and limp on the floor. Right after holding a peaceful five-day fast on the American campus:

"From Wednesday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 5, the 57-year-old philanthropist will "Fast for the Hungry" on the main quad. Housed in a tent in front of the SIS building with a sleeping bag and a few friends joining him in the effort, the philanthropist plans to fast for five days to bring attention to the issue of hunger in Africa, fostering awareness of Project Contact Africa and its efforts to alleviate hunger in Kenya."

Not mentioned in the glowing press release about the famous AU alum is that he is among the most famous alums precisely because in 1977 he accidentally re-arranged Rudy Tomjanovich's face with the most brutal right hook in sports history. Obviously, he has more than made up for that incident since then, but yeah ... that was a nasty hit. • Former NBA Star Aims to Net Big for African Hunger Relief Project [American Univ.] • The Kermit Washington Story [YouTube] • Project Contact Africa • "The Punch" by John Feinstein