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WF boys tennis team takes Ice Bucket Challenge

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It was a hot, muggy practice for the West Fargo boys tennis team Saturday morning but luckily they had a cool plan in store. And it helped a good cause in the process.

After hours of hard work the Packers huddled together at center court, waiting for coach Chad Anderson and Lana Knewtson to ready the equipment: two five-gallon Rubbermaid water jugs.

Before the team knew it they no longer needed help beating the heat. They needed to dry off.

The Packers took part in a fundraising event that’s popularity has blown up over the past few weeks. The Ice Bucket Challenge they call it, is intended to awareness for ALS and the rules are easy. Donate $100 to the ALS Association or get a bucket of ice-cold water dumped over your head.

“It’s a challenge that was started to raise awareness for ALS and to raise funds for the ALS Association,” said Lana Knewtson, a mother who saw videos of the challenge on FaceBook and decided to organize the event. “I just thought it would be fun for the tennis teams to bring awareness to it.”

When someone is challenged they have a 24-hour window to either accept the challenge and make the $100 donation or get ready to get doused and think of someone to challenge next.

According the ALS Association’s web page the Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success.

They’ve seen 70,000 new donors and between July 29 and August 12 they raised $4 million in donations as opposed to the $1.12 million during the same time period last year.

ALS, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.