(Walker County, GA) – Social media has been abuzz for over a month now with people from all walks of life posting videos of themselves taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and the Ice Bucket Challenge fever that has swept the nation hasn’t been lost on the coaches and athletes at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
The Bobcats volleyball team, golf team and cheerleaders have braved the icy dousing in the past week as a way to help raise awareness and money for ALS research.
The Ice Bucket Challenge began its viral journey with Massachusetts resident Pete Frates, who at the age of 29 has lived with the disease since 2012. It has since spread to millions of people, including famous athletes and celebrities.
According to the ALS Association (ALSA) website, monetary donations spurred by the challenge have totaled $70.2 million in the past month alone. In that same span a year ago (July 29-Aug. 24), donations to the ALSA totaled $2.5 million.
The Lady Bobcats volleyball team was the first to brave the chilly water as coaches and players took the plunge after the final day of tryouts on Aug. 20 at the Rossville Athletic Center.
Head volleyball coach Carrie Powell said there was an added bonus to doing the challenge.
“I’ve seen it go around Facebook and it was nice to build up a little team unity. Well, as much team unity as can be built with ice cold water running down your back,” she said after completing the challenge. “But it’s for a good cause too. I’m going to be donating some money (for ALS) and hopefully the (players) will too.”
Returning volleyball player Layna Jenkins was among those who lined up to endure the bitter blast.
“It was cold, but it was for a good cause and we got to challenge the other teams (at GNTC) to do it too, which is good,” she said. “That was some good bonding time with some really cold water.”
Powell, in turn, challenged the other teams at GNTC after posting the video to Facebook. The Bobcat golf team and coach Jared Willerson accepted the challenge with their own social media video and the Cheer Cats answered the call after tryouts at Saddle Ridge Middle School on Aug. 23.
“It wasn’t as bad as I was anticipating, but then again, I don’t think I got as much water on me as some of the other ones did,” cheer coach Karen Stoker said. “It was for a good cause and that’s all that matters.”
Stoker said it was nice to see all the athletes at GNTC getting involved.
“That’s the most wonderful about Georgia Northwestern,” she said. ‘From the coaches to the athletes on all the teams, we have such a wonderful relationship with each other.”
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Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses currently located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.