You’ve got 24 hours, Terp Nation.
Coach Turgeon participated in the now-viral myotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge today with incoming freshmen Jared Nickens and Romelo Trimble, after being put on blast by Jeff Canelas. Standing wet in the McKeldin Mall fountain in College Park on windy day, Turgeon also officially challenged former Maryland Terrapin big man Alex Len to one-up him, thus continuing the chain.
As you can see, Coach Turgeon also challenged Terrapin Nation to tweet out to him (@CoachTurgeon) their very own ALS Challenge videos. The winner of which will be getting four tickets to Maryland’s home opener against Wagner once the full schedule is announced to the public.
Coach Turgeon joins the growing list of high-profile figures (Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, and LA Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer, among others) raising awareness for a pretty important cause all over the world. Via their website ALSA.org:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 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.
The ALS Association has raised $4 million between Jul. 29 and Aug. 12 in comparison to $1.12 million during the same span last year. If you haven’t already participated, someone you know definitely has, and it doesn’t hurt to join in. Hats off to Coach Turgeon for providing the impetus for a whole nation to participate. If you think it’s a stupid trend that isn’t worth doing, consider that at least someone who otherwise may not have donated to ALS now will. You don’t even have to publicize it, they’ll still appreciate you.
Well done, Coach Turgeon.