DURHAM, N.C. – A week after completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donating to the ALS Association, the Duke field hockey program has been featured along with professional female athletes such as Abby Wambach and Elena Delle Donne in espnW’s compilation of the top Ice Bucket Challenge videos.
The Blue Devils, who were challenged by alumna Lauren Miller, took the plunge on the first day of preseason training by constructing a slip ‘n slide on the turf at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. The team pledged to donate to the ALS Association and encouraged all Duke field hockey alumni to do the same. The squad then challenged the other six ACC field hockey teams to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon.
The ALS #IceBucketChallenge has swept across the United States over the past couple of weeks, and to date has raised more than $50 million from 1.1 million new donors.
According to the ALS Association website, “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”
Since 1985, the ALS Association has funded more than $99 million in research and clinical management projects.
For more information about the #IceBucketChallenge or to donate to the cause, visit www.alsa.org.#GoDuke