UL Softball Team Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – VIDEO
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun softball team took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday, to help raise awareness and generate funds for a disease that has struck close to home.
Sadly, Bobby Vincent, the father of UL first baseman Kelsey Vincent, succumbed to the disease a few short years ago, so this is personal.
On Friday, the ALS Association stated that the Ice Bucket Challenge has helped raise more than $100 million for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the lethal neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and has seen an increase to increase donations from the same time period last year by 3,500 percent.
So, the Ice Bucket Challenge has been an incredible success, with people having fun, while generating interest and funds for a deadly disease.
It's just when you meet somebody, like a Kelsey Vincent, who has been affected so personally by the disease, do you come appreciate how important it is to keep the challenge going, and how critical it is to send the disease into extinction.
Coach Lotief, and the team, decided to do the Ice Bucket Challenge as a family; to show support for a teammate, to show support to those that have been affected by the disease, and to do their part in helping generate awareness, and funds.
And it doesn't stop here. There will be an ALS day at Lamson Park during the fall, when UL softball will be playing, where fans at the park will be able to donate to ALS.
Below, UL head softball coach Michael Lotief, who has Vincent beside him, explain why the Ragin' Cajun softball team elected to do this, followed by the team taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.