Everything is bigger and better in Texas, a mantra not lost on Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was recently challenged to dump a bucket of ice-cold water on his head.
Rather than simply take the challenge for himself as so many have done before him, coach Kingsbury clearly adopts the “bigger is better” mentality and includes the entire Texas Tech football program in on the fun.
ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, attacks the spinal cord and can lead to speech difficulties, muscle spasms and even paralysis, and affects an estimated 30,000 people in the US. To date, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised nearly $3 million for the ALS Association, a 50 percent increase in funds from last year, thanks to generous public figures like Kingsbury.
The first Ice Bucket Challenge came from former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, whose career with the Boston Red Sox was cut short by ALS. His challenge was accepted by fellow Red Sox players and other Boston athletes, kicking off a national trend. Don’t want a cold bath but still want to donate? We’ve got you covered.
Stay tuned to see if former Red Raiders and current Denver Broncos Wes Welker, Manny Ramirez and Louis Vasquez – and of course “the incomparable” Beyonce – accept coach Kliff’s challenge.