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Coach K, Canes latest to get in on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted August 13
Updated August 14

Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wednesday with a little help from his nine grandchildren.

— The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has swept the nation recently, bringing light to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has ventured into the sports world in a big way.

Images of Roger Goodell, Pete Carroll, Greg Norman and the entire Patriots football team over the past couple days have made it onto mainstream network airwaves. In the Triangle, the Carolina Hurricanes and Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski have joined the hundreds of others to accept the challenge and have even raised the bar.

Coach K was challenged by Team USA basketball assistant coach Monte Williams and was surrounded by his nine grandchildren and two Gatorade jugs as he said it was “an honor to accept the challenge.” He then challenged the entire Team USA basketball team to take the challenge after their practice at West Point on Aug. 18., adding that he wanted the Army cadets to be the ones dumping the water.

On the Canes Facebook page Wednesday, former defenseman Aaron Ward upped the ante of general manager Ron Fancis and players Jeff Skinner, Anton Khudobin, Tim Gleason, Nathan Gerbe and others as he had mascot Stormy empty an entire Zamboni full of water over him.

Ward was challenged by former college and NHL teammates Steve Shields and Shane Hnidy. He accepted the challenge on behalf of former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Saluchi who died of ALS in 2013. He then challenged Canadian tennis player Genie Bouchard, Michigan Athletics Director Dave Brandon and NHL Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, commonly shared on social media using the hashtag #IceBucketChallenge, has generated an influx of $2.3 million since July 29 compared to just $25,000 this same time last year, according to a USAToday article published Tuesday.

The campaign is similar to the #Chillin4Charity cold water challenge started in June by University of Arizona women’s basketball coach Niya Butts that benefited the Kay Yow Foundation. That challenge also wept the nation getting participants such as LSU head football coach Les Miles, and country music star Scotty McCreery.

"The awareness raised and people coming together in a fun way for a common cause is just what Coach Yow wanted," said Sue Donohoe Executive Director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

To donate to the fight against ALS, visit www.alsa.org. Or go directly to the North Carolina Chapter's webpage at http://www.catfishchapter.org.

To donate to the Kay You Cancer Fund, go to www.kayyow.com

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  • HeelFanForLife1 Aug 14, 1:29 p.m.

    Nice

  • TeaBagOnLove Aug 14, 11:10 a.m.

    Then there is Cam Ward's vid completing the challenge:

    http://instagram.com/p/ridSbURZjl/

  • TeaBagOnLove Aug 14, 11:08 a.m.

    I think Tim Gleason's vid is pretty good:

    http://instagram.com/p/riiJZJxZsG/?modal=true

  • iopsyc Aug 14, 10:19 a.m.

    Isn't this a lot like the Fire Challenge that's been going around on social sites? The only... View More

    — Posted by pause to consider

    The only thing they have in common is the word "challenge". The ice bucket challenge is about raising awareness and money for ALS, through a friendly kind of rivalry (by challenging specific people to do the same), and using an activity that carries almost no risk. The fire challenge is an immature way to prove your own bravado and get some nasty burns.

  • pause to consider Aug 14, 9:24 a.m.

    Isn't this a lot like the Fire Challenge that's been going around on social sites? The only difference seems to be ice water instead of fire. It's not much of a stretch to see this is not setting a good example.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Aug 14, 9:21 a.m.

    While I find the Ice Bucket Challenge extremely annoying, I hope it raises a lot of money to find a cure.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Aug 14, 6:19 a.m.

    This was great! Hope it raises a lot of money.

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