BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Players on the Boardman High School Soccer team took on a challenge Friday without a doubt in their minds. It was given to them by a township trustee and benefits the ALS Association.
The ALS challenge has been going around. Facebook and Instagram are racked with pictures of people taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.
“I decided to challenge the entire team and then I also challenged Mike Canili, our trainer,” said Boardman Trustee Brad Calhoun.
And the team accepted the challenge while dedicating it to former Boardman teacher Christine Terlesky who has ALS. Terlesky said she loves that such a silly challenge has brought so much attention to something so serious.
“I think people afflicted with ALS have had enough reality because it hits us every day, but when we see something fun, that makes us laugh,” Terlesky said.
Terlesky followed the rules of the Ice Bucket Challenge, calling out some people such as Congressman Tim Ryan and Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel, the Boardman football team and Boardman boys and girls golf teams.
The Soccer team is still tallying how much money they donated, but the ALS Association has made over $5 million nationwide.
According to the ALS Associations 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.