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Nebraska's coaches doused as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge

Jeff Eisenberg
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Nebraska players found an excuse to dump buckets of ice-cold water on coach Tim Miles and two of his assistants without actually capturing a championship first.

They did it to help Miles complete the Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise money and awareness for research for ALS, the neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gherig's disease.

The Ice Bucket Challenge was the brainchild of friends and family members of Pete Frates, a 29-year-old former Boston College baseball player who learned he had ALS in 2012. Each person who endures the icy water nominates a handful of others to complete the task themselves in the next 24 hours.

Anyone active on social media has probably seen friends, family members or celebrities take the Ice Bucket Challenge the past few days. In the sports world, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and New York Giants owner John Mara.

The video from Miles and assistants Kenya Hunter and Jim Molinari adds a new twist because they also managed to show support for two other good causes.

They wore "Avery Strong" t-shirts in honor of Avery Harriman, the young son of assistant Chris Harriman who recently found out that his leukemia is no longer in remission. They also gave a special shoutout to Jack Hoffman, the brain-cancer-stricken boy who ran for a touchdown in Nebraska's spring game in 2013.

Miles and his staff challenged other college basketball coaches to follow suit and promote awareness for ALS. Hopefully that means we can expect a few more creative videos in the near future.

 

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