Sampson Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Aug. 14, 2014

    HOUSTON - A day after being called out, University of Houston Men's Basketball Coach Kelvin Sampson proudly accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday morning at the Athletics/Alumni Center.

    On Wednesday, Sampson was issued a challenge by former Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion. On Thursday, Sampson helped raise awareness of the illness, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, with his 2014-15 team members happily dumping a cooler filled with ice water on him.

    "As coaches, we have a responsibility to do all we can in support of worthy causes. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is doing great work to bring attention to this terrible disease and raising money for research to find a cure," Sampson said. "I encourage fans everywhere to learn more about ALS and donate to local ALS charities."

    As part of the Challenge and before being dunked, Sampson called out three friends to take part: San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy and Houston Rockets star guard James Harden.

    Thousands of Americans are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) every year. The disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, causing muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body while generally sparing cognitive function.

    There currently is no cure or treatment for patients with ALS. The ALS Bucket Challenge was started by the national ALS Association and has helped raise more than $2.3 million since late July.


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