Pete Carroll spent Tuesday’s practice preparing for the Seattle Seahawks preseason game on Friday.
After the practice, he successfully took the ALS #IceBucketChallenge to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
What’s the challenge?
Seahawks.com offered more information on the challenge:
If you’ve recently had your eye on any form of social media, you’ve probably seen some of your friends or favorite athletes and celebrities willingly dumping buckets of ice water over their heads.
It’s called the #IceBucketChallenge, and it’s purpose is to help raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Participants post their #IceBucketChallenge videos to social media and nominate others to do the same to keep the awareness rolling. If a challenge isn’t accepted within 24 hours, they’re asked to donate to ALS research.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell challenged Carroll to take the challenge Tuesday morning on Twitter:
— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) August 12, 2014
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian also challenged Carroll, who gleefully accepted.
After being doused by the ice water, Carroll challenged the other NFC West coaches to do the same, which means Bruce Arians, Jeff Fisher and Jim Harbaugh have 24 hours to film and post their ice dunking to complete the challenge.
Here is some video of the challenge, via the Tacoma News Tribune:
It will be fun to see how many members of the NFL keep this going for the good of raising awareness of ALS.
ALS is “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord,” according to alsa.org. The disease could turn into paralysis and later lead to death of its victims.
Hopefully the #IceBucketChallenge raises awareness and money for research to keep everyone in the know of the seriousness of the disease.