St. Mary’s football team takes part in ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

SLEEPY EYE – The Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s football team was the latest participant in the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” a viral contest on the Internet to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The disease, known as amyotophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, causes muscle weakness and atrophy in the body leading to loss of voluntary movement.

The St. Mary’s football team was challenged by the volleyball team to take part on Sunday in an event that raised more than $2,000 for ALS research.

“When they dumped [the water], you couldn’t even see anybody,” said St. Mary’s coach Brent Kucera. “The water just engulfed them.”

Kucera said a Mathiowetz Construction dumptruck was filled with 3,500 gallons of ice water, which was then poured on the members of the football team.

“The biggest surprise for all the players was how heavy it was,” Kucera said. “You had to brace yourself pretty strong because that was a lot of weight falling on your shoulders.”

St. Mary’s went 12-1 last season in earning a Class A state semifinal berth in the now-defunct Metrodome.

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