Unless you’ve managed to avoid the Internet over the past few weeks, you know about the Ice Bucket Challenge. These videos are taking over Facebook feeds and media sites across the Web. For those of you who have yet to participate, it’s only a matter of time…
If you are challenged, you must dump a bucket of ice water over your head within the next 24 hours or donate $100 toward fighting ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). ALS is a fatal disease that causes loss of muscle control which affects one’s ability to eat, speak and breathe. The life expectancy for those with ALS: 2-5 years. There is no cure.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has strong ties to Boston. Pete Frates, a Boston College baseball player, has been living with ALS since 2012. He is credited for jumpstarting this viral challenge.
Recently, celebrities and other well-known individuals have been taking on the challenge, and Boston, your sports teams have also stepped up to the plate. This week, Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and the entire Patriots team accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge. Take a look.
That’s not all. On Thursday, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks and manager John Farrell joined Pete Frates at Fenway to complete the icy challenge.
I’ve got to hand it to you Boston. You’ve got some pretty stand up sports teams that are going beyond the game to spread awareness and affect positive change nationwide.