Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The St. Scholastica volleyball team was asked on Thursday to help the school's sports information director complete the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," but that simple task was actually a show of solidarity with the team's head coach.
Dana Moore lost her husband, Jim, to ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, this past April and was very appreciative on Thursday to her players, both present and past, for their support.
"When Jim was first diagnosed three years ago, that was the first time we made it to the NCAA tournament," Moore said. "So there was something there. My women knew what a tough first season that was to go through."
Her team was challenged by Robinson to complete the challenge themselves, and they'll do so on Friday afternoon. But Moore has one more challenge for the Saints this season.
"This is a tougher season. I'm a little emotional. It's my first season without my husband," Moore said. "So we want that return to the NCAA tournament and to have him looking over us."
The "Ice Bucket Challenge" was started by Pete Frates and the idea is simple --- fill a bucket with cold water and ice, pour it over your head, and post it to social media.
In sweeping the nation, though, the challenge has had a very real effect on donations to ALS research. The ALS Association reports that donations have seen 1,000 percent increase since the start of the social media phenomenon.