Cheerleaders help ice out ALS

August 23, 2014

Even pee wee cheerleaders are getting in on the act to benefit ALS research.

The mass wave of ice bucket “challenges” to raise donations for the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association struck Monday at Hunter Park.

About a dozen members of the Granbury Pee Wee Football Association’s cheerleaders were doused by cold water. They included cheerleaders from age 4 to age 10, according to cheerleader coach Jessie Greene. Crystal Blake also coaches the cheerleaders.

They were issued the challenge by Mike Walters, a board member of the Granbury Pee Wee Football Association.

The ice water challenges call for someone to name another person or group and single them out for participation by either donating $100, or by having the cold water being dumped on them.

It began with that scenario, but went viral through social media and evolved to the point that many people are getting soaked, but also donating the money anyway.

As of Wednesday, the ALS Association website indicated that $31.5 million has been donated nationwide.

That’s compared to just $1.9 million during the same time period (July 29 to Aug. 20) last year.

Greene said that the pee wee cheerleaders plan to pass along the same challenge to the cheerleaders and coaches of Granbury High School and Crossland 9th Grade Center.

The amount of money raised locally for ALS at the event was still being calculated at press time, Greene said.

Donations to AL research can still be made even now, since the challenge deadline has passed.

Greene noted that additional ALS donations can be made through a link on the organization’s website (www.alsa.org).

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