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Coach Addazio to Complete Ice Bucket Challenge

Frates with the baseball team at the annual ALS Awareness Game

Frates with the baseball team at the annual ALS Awareness Game
Aug. 6, 2014

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Head football coach Steve Addazio will complete the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which is aimed at raising awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), before Boston College's annual media day on Thursday.

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. Former Boston College baseball player and Beverly, Mass., native Pete Frates (2004-07) 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.

Once completing the Ice Bucket Challenge, participants give a new group 24 hours to complete the feat. Frates was challenged by Patrick Quinn, a 31-year-old Queens, N.Y., ALS patient, who is also a former baseball player. Since the former Eagle completed the challenge, the act has gone viral on social media.

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 Julian Edelman.

Addazio will complete his challenge on Thursday on Shea Field at approximately 11:20 a.m.

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