Nov 8, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach John Groce high fives fans after the game against the Alabama State Hornets at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

John Groce and Mike Thomas Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Video)

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge keeps going on strong, as it has helped the ALS Association raise more than $22.9 million dollars since July 29th (source: Forbes)

Each and every day, more and more people are being challenged.

Today, Illini head basketball coach John Groce and athletic director Mike Thomas accepted their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Before he named his nominations, Groce hit on the most important aspect of the challenge. It’s nice that the challenge is raising awareness for ALS, but it’s the donations towards the research that really counts!

Thomas nominated Steve Kelly, Brian Barnhart, Marcus Jackson, and Matt Daniels. Coach Groce challenged two of the most famous teams Illinois basketball has ever seen in the 1989 “Flying Illini” and the 2005 Illinois Fighting Illini.

Right before the two had ice cold water poured on their heads, Mike Thomas had one more thing to say…MORE ICE!

With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, people can either take part or donate money to the ALS charity of their choosing, or both. This charge was started by Pete Frates, who has battled with ALS since 2012. If you have not seen his heart-warming story, please take some time and do so by clicking here.

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