By now, you've all heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge that has swept across social media over the last week to bring awareness and donations to ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
What started out as a 29-year-old guy from Massachusetts currently battling ALS who decided to challenge his former Boston College baseball teammates has now swept the country and has gone from regular people on social media doing it to celebrities (Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake) and politicians (Chris Christie, Corey Booker) and now, professional athletes and organizations are taking part and donating.
New York Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have both done it, as have fellow players Victor Cruz, Mark Herzlich, Andre Williams and Mathias Kiwanuka. On Thursday, it was a few other Giants turn to take the Ice Bucket Challenge as Eli Manning, head coach Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese all took the challenge after the final day of training camp concluded; another version of the video can be seen from Giants.com.
Manning was challenged by a fan named Steve Broas who is currently battling ALS himself, and he challenged former Giants Shaun O'Hara and David Diehl. Coughlin, who was challenged by NBC's Bruce Beck and also remembered a friend who battled ALS for seven years, challenged Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, Denver Broncos head coach and former Giants defensive coordinator John Fox and Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith. Reese, who was challenged by Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith, challenged current Carolina Panthers general manager and former Giants executive Dave Gettleman (who also said some people on the Giants want him to wear a speedo while completing the challenge) and also challenged his daughter, Jasmyne.
Kiwanuka and Zak DeOssie were the ones to take the buckets of ice water and dump them onto Reese, Coughlin and Manning.
For those who want to help contribute to the cause and donate, you can follow the link to the ALS website.
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