Pacers Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping the nation and recently, the Pacers have joined in on the fun.
Like #Chillin4Charity (which the Fever players and coaches participated in earlier this summer), the #IceBucketChallenge is a social media phenomenon based on people filming videos of themselves having a bucket of ice-cold water dumped on them.
The popularity of the challenges traces back to Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball star living with ALS. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the disease.
Every time a person does the challenge, they call out others (usually three people) to also do the challenge. Those people then have 24 hours to either complete the challenge and post a video to social media or they can donate $100 to an ALS charity. Many people opt to both do the challenge and make a donation.
To date, the challenge has raised millions of dollars for ALS research.
Recently, the Pacers got involved. Point guard CJ Watson first took the plunge, calling out several people, including Chris Copeland.
Copeland accepted the challenge and called out George Hill, among others.
Hill took on the challenge in a unique fashion, diving backwards into a cold tub full of ice water in a video that features appearances by Copeland and Paul George.
Late Thursday, Vogel excepted Hill’s challenge, taking a cold water bath courtesy of his two daughters. Vogel called out Roy Hibbert, Solomon Hill, and former Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.
Larry Bird also accepted the challenge from Hill and took his #BirdBath in the Pacers’ locker room.
Another member of the team’s front office, GM Kevin Pritchard also joined in on the fun after being challenged by his daughter Kendall.
So did longtime Pacers executive Donnie Walsh:
Paul George accepted the challenge from a host of people before nominating Pacers season ticket holders, Floyd Mayweather, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck.
Roy Hibbert also took the challenge on Thursday, calling out his former college coach John Thomspon III in the process.
And one of the newest members of the Pacers, guard/forward C.J. Miles accepted the challenge and nominated Paul Millsap, Deron Williams and Ronnie Price.
The employees of Pacers Sports & Entertainment on behalf of Bankers Life Fieldhouse accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge from Lucas Oil Stadium and now challenges Barclays Center, United Center, and Staples Center.
Keep checking back to see which members of the Pacers organization are the latest to take the plunge for charity.