By Braden Schroeder
Laughs and shouts come from just outside of the gymnasium as head volleyball coach Bart Powell is drenched with buckets full of ice water for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, causes loss of structure or function of nerve cells in the brain or in the spinal cord, according to the ALS website. As function and structure degenerates over time it eventually leads to the patient’s death.
In an effort to raise awareness for ALS the Ice Bucket Challenge was invented. It involves the act of pouring buckets of ice water on to the nominated person, posting a video of it to social media, and then nominating other people to do the same. If the person turns down the challenge, he or she then to make a donation to an ALS charity.
Coach Powell was one of the nominees from another participant and did not just have one bucket poured on him but four.
“Today I am going to make it up to you but for being late by pouring three buckets in memory of your family that died of this dreaded disease and the fourth bucket will be for the ALS world,” said Powell in regards to Southwood coach Tom Finacle, who nominated him.
After the second bucket was dumped on him, Powell said, “That will take your breath away.”
Although it may be a challenge that will freeze you, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $10 million dollars for ALS awareness.