ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach Craig Neal and senior guard Hugh Greenwood on Saturday accepted the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS awareness, having several Lobo basketball players dump buckets of ice on them in front of the Pit.
Before the ice was dumped, Neal sent a special message to a former Lobo and a member of a bitter rival, both of whom are fighting ALS.
“Fight the fight with (former Lobos tennis player and assistant coach) Loren Dils and (former San Diego State assistant basketball coach) Mark Fisher,” Neal said.
As the social media craze that the ALS Association has said has resulted in millions of dollars in donations in recent weeks, both were challenged on Friday to have a bucket of ice water dumped on them within 24 hours to raise awareness for ALS. Before they were soaked, each also paid the challenge forward.
Neal challenged former Lobos coach Steve Alford, now head coach at UCLA; Travis Ford, head coach at Oklahoma State; and Dan Majerle, head coach at Grand Canyon University.
Greenwood challenged former Lobo teammates Tony Snell and Cameron Bairstow, now playing for the Chicago Bulls, and Alex Kirk, of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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In June, long before the ALS version of the challenge became a social media craze, UNM women’s coach Yvonne Sanchez did an ice bucket challenge of her own, though hers was a program to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, posting a video of her players dumping a bucket of ice on her head that was posted on the school’s website.