Raptors Get Soaked In Support Of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Jay Satur - Raptors.com
The summer of 2014 has become the season of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
It's dominated social media this month, with several celebrities taking and issuing the challenge of having a bucket of ice water dumped over your head. The appeal is obvious. It's a simple concept, it's not so much "paying it forward" as "calling others out" and some of the reactions have been high comedy.
Most importantly, it's raising a ton of money The ALS Association -- the national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease. On Thursday, The ALS Association announced that $41.8 million in donations had been received between July 29 and August 21st -- up from $2.1 million during the same time period last year.
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The Raptors have been a part of it, starting at the top. MLSE President and CEO Tim Leiweke went for the largest public reach approach on Wednesday by showing his soaking live on all MLSE team networks and websites. Leiweke announced MLSE would make a $5,000 donation, while he would personally add $1,000.
Head coach Dwane Casey gets my vote for best reaction and to his credit, makes sure both of his kids get to drench dad.
UPDATE: Masai Ujiri accepts the challenge from Casey... somewhat of a delay on the scream here.
DeMar DeRozan went for the team approach with his USAB teammates...
Jonas Valanciunas handled the cold OK while calling out some Lithuanian legends.
Kyle Lowry made it look like taking a charge... easy.
Patrick Patterson responded to the challenge from Eric Bledsoe...
Landry Fields.... we're still waiting.
Can you respond to only one person's ice bucket challenge? #wherestherulebook
— Landry Fields (@landryfields) August 21, 2014
But the challenges didn't end there. No one made the challenge sound better than Raptors play-by-play announcer Matt Devlin. Bonus points for doing it in the suit.
That was a result of a challenge from broadcast analyst Leo Rautins...
— Leo Rautins (@LeoRautins) August 16, 2014
The Raptor came ready with the speedo, but even he wasn't prepared for the cold.
The Raptor's challenge to the Raptors Dance Pak? Also met.