Baseball Accepts the #IceBucketChallenge
Aug. 12, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team helped to raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for former player and current director of baseball operations Pete Frates (2004-07) by taking the "Ice Bucket Challenge."
The Ice Bucket Challenge, which has become a social media phenomenon, was started by Frates and friend Pat Quinn, a 31-year-old Queens, N.Y., ALS patient, who is also a former baseball player. Frates was diagnosed with ALS in March 2012 at 27 years old. He and his family have become tireless advocates to find a cure for the disease.
Many in the BC community and well beyond have taken to dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads to bring attention and much-needed resources for ALS research. Once completing the Ice Bucket Challenge, participants give a new group 24 hours to complete the feat.
Current and former Eagles around the country have already doused themselves with buckets of ice water, including head men's hockey coach Jerry York, Matt Ryan, Doug Flutie, Andre Williams and Mark Herzlich. Many local sports stars have joined the cause as well, such as Jason Varitek, Milan Lucic and Julien Edelman. Recently, head football coach Steve Addazio, SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy, the Kennedy family, Justin Timberlake and the Patriots team, including head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft completed the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The ALS Association reported $1.35 million raised in a span of two weeks, from July 29 to August 11.
To learn more about Frates and ways to help in the fight against ALS, visit www.petefrates.com.
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