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KSTP Sports & 1500 ESPN Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Updated: 08/14/2014 6:59 PM
Created: 08/14/2014 6:52 PM KSTP.com
By: KSTP Sports

Judd Zulgad and Phil Mackey from 1500 ESPN joined Chris Long from 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Sports in taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Click the video box on this page to see Long, Zulgad and Mackey face the Ice Bucket Challenge

There have been other Ice Bucket Challenges of one manner or another before, but the current one that's swept the nation was started by a former college baseball player - Pete Frates - hoping to promote awareness for ALS.  Frates has been battling the disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease - for several years.

The idea is: you take a dousing with a bucket of ice water, donate money to an ALS charity, then challenge others to follow suit.

Social media swept up the spirit of the Challenge and quickly spread it's word - and the spirit of charitable giving.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal - as of Thursday, the ALS Association had raised $7.6-million in donations over the last two weeks.  That compares with $1.4-million inthe same time period last year. 

The donations came from existing donors and 145,918 new donors, according to the report in the Wall Street Journal.

Click here (ALSA.org) for additional information or to make a donation to the ALS Association

Zulgad and Long were challenged by Jamie Watson, a Minnesota United player.  Mackey and Long were challenged by a mutual friend who lives in the Boston area.

They've passed it on by challenging Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton, Minnesota Twins reliever Glen Perkins and Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio.

Here are a few other notable videos of the #IceBucketChallenge:

Just search Ice Bucket Challenge on Google... or #IceBucketChallenge on Twitter... and you'll see thousands of people joining in to promote ALS Awareness.

Judd Zulgad, Chris Long and Phil Mackey accept the Ice Bucket Challenge to support ALS awareness and donations
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