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Boise State gymnasts take the Ice Bucket Challenge

From the honest struggle of one man who suffers with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to Charlie Sheen dumping $10,000 over his head, everyone’s social media pages have been flooded with videos of participants in the ALS Ice  Bucket Challenge. Now, the Boise State Gymnastics team has joined the fray.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 26 the members of the team lined up with 5-gallon containers of ice water. Before beginning, the gynmasts invited the rest of the Bronco Athletics family to take part in the challenge: from swimming and diving to Boise State football. Then the deluge began. As per the rules, the nominated teams have 24 hours to complete the challenge or donate $100 to the ALS Association.

At the time this article was published, the Ice Bucket Challenge had raised more than $88.5 million, according to the ALSA. In the same time period last year, July 29 to August 26, ALSA recieved only $2.6 million.

“I think it’s awesome to see a movement like this really take root,” said junior history major Lucia Garbel. “When I was growing up my friend’s brother had ALS. I can’t even say what a horrible time that was for their family . . . Most hadn’t even heard of it (ALS), but now
everyone has.”

However, not everyone is so excited about the continued popularity of the challenge. Many around the country have begun to decry the Ice Bucket Challenge as nothing more than a bandwagon show and a waste of clean water.

“I think it’s getting really boring now,” said freshman Nathan Jones. “It’s cool they’ve raised all that money but I think they just want to say they did it because everyone else is. I don’t think most people who do it actually care about ALS.”

However, many say that the Ice Bucket Challenge could have lasting effects on the way nonprofits fundraise. In less than a month ALSA has seen donation from more than 1.9 million new donators.

“Normally the model is to find people who are passionate about a cause and then ask for donations or to educate people and then seek out donations,” Brian Mittendorf, a professor who teaches courses in nonprofit finances at Ohio State University told the
Associated Press.

“(The ice bucket challenge is) something that’s fun that people can do … people are taking part in it and then taking the info and donating.”

Whether one loves watching the videos or just wants them to go away, it is hard to argue with the results.

“I just don’t think you can be mad at anything that has raised so much money for research,” Garbel said.

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Emily Pehrson is the current editor-in-chief of The Arbiter. She is junior at Boise State with a double major in English and Communication. When not working or in class, Pehrson can be found watching sports with her brother via Skype. She recently became a very proud first-time aunt and adores showering the baby girl with gifts while insisting that dinosaurs are gender neutral. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyPehrson
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