Georgia State's beloved mascot Pounce is the latest member of the Panther Family to take the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of the fight against ALS.
The Ice Bucket Challenge made its way to Georgia State Athletics last week when Director of Football Operations Sarah Gigantino was challenged by former colleagues at Northeastern. Gigantino in turn had the offensive line of the Panther football team issue its own challenge to Georgia State volleyball.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media movement to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. The challenge started in Massachusetts with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2012.
The volleyball team at Georgia State answered the call and passed the challenge along. Since then, numerous teams, staffs and individuals have joined the fun, including the GSU Athletic administration, men's basketball coach Ron Hunter, the men's and women's soccer programs and GSU Strength and Conditioning and others.
The rules are simple:
Participants challenge others to dump ice water on their heads, or take a dip in a cold tub, and keep the cycle going.
If the challenge is not accepted within 24 hours, people are asked to donate to ALS research or to the charity of their choice.