#IceBucketChallenge reaches KU

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Updated 8/26/2014: The #IceBucketChallenge has been sweeping newsfeeds across the country, and members of the University of Kansas community have accepted the challenge—including men’s basketball coach Bill Self:


Not familiar with this bizarre-but-funny social media phenomenon? No, it’s not a way to keep cool during the warm summer months. The challenge began as a creative way to spread awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and quickly went viral. Participants are doused, on video, with buckets of ice water and then post said video to their social networks while nominating their friends to take the challenge.

Those who choose not to take the challenge are encouraged to make a donation to an ALS charity, but it’s obvious that many of the people getting drenched are also making donations. The most popular beneficiary is the ALS Association at alsa.org. Those looking to support ALS research at KU can contribute at www.kuendowment.org/neurology.

According to the ALS Association, as of August 20, they’ve received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29-Aug. 18). The donations have come from both existing donors and more than 600,000 new donors.

Other notable members of the Jayhawk community who have taken the challenge:
Neeli Bendapudi, dean of the KU School of Business
Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association
Stephen Mazza, dean of the KU School of Law
Ray Bechard, head coach of the KU volleyball team
KU Volleyball team, part one
KU Volleyball team, part two
Rob Riggle, c’93
KU Men’s Basketball team

We’ll add to the list as we find more!

Football season is right around the corner, so we’ll leave you with Coach Weis’ version of the #IceBucketChallenge.

What KU celebrity would YOU nominate for the #IceBucketChallenge?

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