Boston Colleges: Ice Bucket Challenge

Pete Frates takes Ice Bucket Challenge

August, 14, 2014
Aug 14
Former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates, the man who inspired the social media phenomenon that has raised awareness -- and nearly $6 million -- for ALS, on Thursday took the Ice Bucket Challenge himself at Fenway Park.

Along with Red Sox manager John Farrell, third baseman Will Middlebrooks and members of his family, Frates, whose battle with ALS has left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak, was doused in ice water like thousands before him to aid in finding the cure.

Frates had previously passed on taking the challenge himself, writing on his Facebook page that “ice water and ALS are a bad mix,” but on Thursday decided to take the plunge while sitting in a chair in front of the Green Monster in left field.

After the challenge, Farrell nominated good friend and Indians skipper Terry Francona and Yankees manager Joe Giarardi to take the challenge themselves.

'Ice Bucket Challenge' goes viral

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has gone viral among Boston athletes, and it's all to raise awareness for ALS and support one of their own -- Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain who is battling the disease. The 29-year-old Frates can no longer speak and is confined to a wheelchair.

Here's how the challenge works. If you're issued the challenge, you film yourself dumping a bucket of ice over your head, and you then issue the same public challenge to others, who have 24 hours to complete the task.

Videos of Boston athletes completing the challenge have popped up all over the Internet. Doug Flutie did it. So did Bruins forward Greg Campbell, who challenged forward Brad Marchand, who challenged defenseman Torey Krug, who challenged Milan Lucic, who challenged Dennis Seidenberg:

The Patriots are in on it, too. Receiver Julian Edelman did it and challenged teammates Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and even Tom Brady to do the same (we’re still waiting for their responses):

Jason Varitek and his wife, Catherine, did it, then challenged Clay Buchholz's wife, Tim Wakefield and NESN's Tom Caron:

Even the mascots are involved. Lucky doused the Bruins' Blades (after being challenged by Baldwin, the Boston College mascot) and then challenged Wally The Green Monster and Pat Patriot:

BC alum and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan also accepted the challenge.

Stay tuned in the coming days to see who else steps up.

Update: Update: Celtics captain Rajon Rondo joined the Ice Bucket Challenge::

In his Instagram post, Rondo challenged teammates Brandon Bass, Phil Pressey and James Young to complete the challenge.