Apr 12, 2014; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman during the spring game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Video)

On Wednesday, Tim Beckman and the Illinois football team accepted their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gegrig’s Disease “is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” (source: alsa.org)

Since its creation, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has helped raise more than $22.9 million dollars since July 29th of this year alone.

As part of the challenge, Tim Beckman and Illinoi football nominated  some high school head coaches/programs such as: Frank Lenti (Mount Carmel), Ken Leonard (Sacred Heart), Derek Leonard (Rochester), Andy Bitto (Carmel Catholic), John Holecek (Loyola Academy), John Ivlow (Bolingbrook), Darren Sunkett (East St. Louis), and Mark Grounds (Jacksonville).

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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