At Delta State’s annual Move-In Day on Sunday, President William N. LaForge drew a crowd of athletes, incoming students, community members and the Fighting Okra to the welcome tent as he participated in the trending Ice Bucket Challenge to help spread awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease.
LaForge was challenged by Statesmen football coach Todd Cooley, and the president bravely accepted. Also accepting the challenge that day was Director of Athletics Ronnie Mayers.
After being doused by student athletes, LaForge extended the challenge to IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds, Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum and city of Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell. He gave them 48 hours to accept the challenge and/or donate to the cause.
Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, as of today, the ALS Association has received $15.6 million in donations compared to $1.8 million last year. These donations have come from existing donors and 307,598 new donors to the association.