CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois softball program accepted ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from former Saluki Katie Louis on Sunday afternoon and challenged the Saluki football and volleyball programs to do the same.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raises funds and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. About 30,000 Americans now have the disease, which attacks nerve cells and ultimately leads to total paralysis, though the mind remains sharp. Life expectancy is typically two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
From the New York Times: "As of Sunday, the association said it had received $13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7 million during the same period last year. It said there were about 260,000 new donors."
The Southern Illinois football team has accepted the challenge and will take the ice bath after tomorrow's practice, which will end at approximately 5:30. The Saluki volleyball team has also accepted the challenge and will announce their plans later today.