ADRIAN, Mich (August 21, 2014)—Adrian College Athletic Director, Mike Duffy took to the field Thursday as the latest supporter of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Duffy received his bid through fellow Athletic Director, John Leister of Alma College.
“When Leister issued the challenge, there was no way I couldn’t accept,” remarked Duffy. “This is an extraordinary cause, and one that is close to me. I did this as a proud Bulldog, and in honor of a very good friend and Colleague whose father was diagnosed with ALS.”
Duffy proceeded to call out Matt Arend, Albion Athletic Director, Matt Land, Trine Athletic Director, and Penny Allen-Cook, the new MIAA Commissioner. They have 24 hours to respond.
The “rules” state that within 24 hours of being challenged, participants must announce their acceptance. Video footage is required to show ice being poured into a bucket and then lifted overhead and released over the participant’s head. The participant then issues the challenge to three other people. In this version of the challenge, the participant is expected to donate $10 if they accept the challenge, $100 if they forego the frozen consequences.
As of Thursday, August 21, The ALS Association has received over $41.8 million in donations as a direct result of the Ice Bucket Challenge. This is up from last year’s totals, which were calculated to approximately $2.1 million during the same time period. Donations have poured in from existing donors and over 739,275 new contributors to the Association.
Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS, and their families, through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation. The Association also supports a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments, and eventually a cure for the disease. In addition, The Association’s public policy efforts empower people to advance public policies in our nation’s Capital that respond to the needs of people with ALS.
For more information about the Ice Bucket Challenge, please visit alsa.org.