BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The worldwide "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" reached Basking Ridge on Saturday, with coaches from sports at Ridge High School getting the icy treatment from their student athletes. The event took place at Lee Field behind the school.
Ridge Athletic Director Rich Shello introduced the coaches who would be part of the bucket crew before getting iced himself as the 15th participant in the challenge. Below is the video from the event, when Ridge accepted the challenge from the Montgomery High School, part of the Skylands Conference of high school sports teams.
The Ridge coaches, who fortunately were dumped with the cold, icy water dumped on their heads on a hot, still-summery day, extended the challenge to Bernards High School in Bernardsville, and to Hunterdon Central High School, home of New Jersey's other "Red Devils" student athletes.
The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has spread worldwide, even drawing in many celebrities, to raise funds and awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The disease first gained awareness when Lou Gehrig, the Hall of Fame first baseman for New York Yankees, announced his diagnosis in 1939.
As of Sept. 7, the "Ice Bucket Challenge" had raised $110.1 million, according to the ALS Association's website. Besides supporting research and education, the organization also reaches out to support patients.