Over the past week, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been accepted by MLB players, the mayor of Boston, your mother and even members of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Watching players and staff members of the Penguins dump ice cold water on themselves has been amusing, but let’s not forget that they are doing it for a good cause.
The challenge has been popularized to create awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The idea came from former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012.
If someone challenges you, you have 24 hours to take a video of you dumping ice cold water on yourself. You are then encouraged to nominate three other people to do the same thing. If you fail to accept the challenge, you have to donate $100 to an ALS association/charity of your choice.
But let’s be frank here. If you accept the ice bucket challenge, there is nothing wrong with throwing some cash to an association anyway.
Eight members of the Penguins (some of them accompanied by members of their family) have completed the challenge. The videos of them completing the challenge can be found below.
Fleury gets bonus points for completing the challenge in a banana suit.
I have enjoyed everyone’s nominees thus far, but when is someone going to nominate Mario Lemieux?!