Have you been challenged?
On Twitter, Facebook, Vine, and everywhere else there is video, you have no doubt seen people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads. It’s the Ice Bucket Challenge, a brilliant fundraising idea to promote awareness and raise money for research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Demi Lovato, Aaron Rodgers, Keith Olbermann, Caroline Wozniacki, Chris Christie, and the New England Patriots are just a few among the rapidly-growing list of those who have both been doused with freezing cold ice water and donated to the cause.
If you’ve been under a rock this week, here are the rules. If you are challenged, you have 24 hours to pour the bucket of ice water over your head or donate to ALS research, or both. You also challenge three other people to take the challenge.
The craze has raised over $4 million dollars for research in two weeks.
The Padres’ very own Bud Black has joined the ranks of the frigid. Seems Chargers GM Tom Telesco challenged him after the Padres took to the road to play St. Louis. Black accepted the challenge, and decided to get as much exposure as possible. He did it on national TV, on Thursday’s episode of Intentional Talk on the MLB Network. Black challenged fellow MLB managers Mike Scioscia, Joe Maddon, and Ron Roenicke.
Telesco also challenged new Padres GM A.J. Preller. Black reported that Preller would be making a donation to the ALS Foundation. It’s a little disappointing that Preller didn’t play along, but it actually benefits the cause more that he didn’t.
Credit for starting the challenge goes to former Boston College baseball player, Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012.
Donations can be made at alsa.org.