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An ice bath for those who truly care

Drew Stoneburner, #99, Defensive Tackle - doing the Ice Bucket Challenge
Micah Leach

We have all had a cold shower from time to time, but that was most likely because of no electricity, faulty water heater or we ran out of hot water for some other reason. Many of us don’t choose to take cold dunks – least of all an icy one!

If you have been watching the news, however, there are several people taking an ice cold splash for a very good reason. They are doing it for charity!

According to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, ‘The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States . The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation . In one version of the challenge, the participant is expected to donate $10 if they have poured the ice water over their head and donate $100 if they have not. In another version, dumping the ice water over the participant's head is done in lieu of any donation, which has led to some criticisms of the challenge being a form of slacktivism.’ This exciting trend has gone viral on many social media sites this summer.

Yesterday, the Freshman Wheaton North Football Team was nominated. Without hesitation, these fine specimens of teen athletes sprang into service. They were not about to be left behind!

So, many people are asking why anyone would do this crazy thing to themselves or have it done to them. According to Wikipedia, the real reason behind this chilly feat is unclear. There are quite a few theories, however.

What is known for certain is that it became quite popular this summer. Celebrities, athletic pros, politicians, media personnel, other charities or not-for-profit organization members and just about everyone else is dousing themselves in frigid water – in the name of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the lethal neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

No matter how anyone feels about the authenticity of this challenge, the point is that it is drawing awareness for people of all ages when before many people had not even heard of ALS! What is important is that so many teens are realizing that if they do something challenging like pouring ice water over their heads on a dare, they can help draw awareness and potential treatment to those with an absolutely horrific disorder that literally takes life as it is known and destroys it!

So, freshman football sportsters, how was your first-ever high school challenge, besides a little chilly?

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