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Men’s Soccer Team Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Coaching staff and 13 players to also make donation to the ALS

August 13, 2014


Men’s Soccer Team Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The BU men's soccer team after the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton men’s soccer team began the preseason with a splash…..literally.

Head coach Paul Marco and his staff along with 13 student-athletes answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday afternoon. The Bearcats had been challenged by Lois Celeste, whose twin sons Steven and Bret are both on the team. Before taking the ice bath, Marco announced to the media who were present that the BU men’s soccer team would also make a donation to the ALS.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been spreading on social media over the past few weeks. Each person or group who is challenged has 24 hours to either take an ice bath or make a donation to the ALS. The challenge started in Massachusetts with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness, loss of the use of arms and legs and difficulty speaking, breathing and swallowing.

Challenge accepted or not, donations have been pouring in. According to The ALS Association spokeswoman Carrie Munk, the organization has collected $1.35 million from July 29 to Aug. 11.

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