The Edison football team was challenged by their former principal, Matt Ehrhardt, to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday. Ehrhardt nominated the coaching staff and all 65 players in honor of his coworker's sister, Melissa Belcher, who was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease.
Erhardt's coworker, Rod Smith, assistant principal at EHOVE, said he is glad the ice bucket challenge has raised awareness about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. "The cold water causes your muscles to tense," explained Smith, "much like ALS does."
His sister, who was a graduate of Fremont Ross High School, a teacher, and a volleyball coach at Toledo Central Catholic, was diagnosed with ALS in 2010 at the age of 38. The trending challenge has raised over $15 million, which Smith says will provide important support, such as wheelchairs, for ALS patients who will lose muscle function over time.
Jim Hall, Edison's head coach, passed the challenge on to Willard head coach Mark Matula.