In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge came into existence. The challenge, inspired by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates and his counterpart Pat Quinn, involves a participant dumping a bucket of ice water on their head while being filmed. During the video, the participant nominates others to join the challenge or forfeit and give a charitable donation to ALS research causes. The challenge was created to build awareness for ALS.
Quickly, the Internet embraced the Ice Bucket Challenge challenge and seemingly everyone was doing it, from average everyday people to Kermit the Frog to Boston-based sports teams. And the challenge reared its head once again on Monday.
On July 15, 2019, a revival of the Ice Bucket Challenge to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the viral sensation took place at Copley Square. And a couple of current members of the Boston Bruins, Chris Wagner and Charlie Coyle, were on hand and spoke about what the challenge meant to them.
"Obviously, it's just such a great cause," Wagner said per the Bruins official Twitter account. "It's a terrible disease. I've seen a lot of people affected by it. You know, family and friends too. Just to be here in support... it's easy for us and the whole thing goes a long way to raising some money."
Meanwhile, Coyle recalled actually doing the ice bucket challenge in his Weymouth-based home and bonding with his friends and family over the event.
"I did it in my backyard with my sister," Coyle said. "It was a lot of fun. And you get to nominate some of your friends, get them involved and it just keeps getting passed on. Like I said, it was just a fun way to do it. Everyone had a good time with it and it was a great idea by these guys."
It's nice to see that Wagner and Coyle are offering their support of this locally-based cause, especially given their Massachusetts-based roots.
And, of course, it was fun to see them participate in the challenge once again, which you can check out at the end of the video below, courtesy of the Bruins Twitter account.
Five years ago, the Ice Bucket Challenge took the world by storm and changed the fight against ALS forever.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 15, 2019
Today, @CharlieCoyle_3 and @chriswags23 were among those on hand to celebrate the anniversary with @PeteFrates3: pic.twitter.com/SK4QCLRNTS
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