Man who in­spired ice bucket chal­lenge to re­ceive award

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

BEV­ERLY, MASS. | NCAA of­fi­cials plan to hand de­liver an award to the for­mer Bos­ton Col­lege base­ball cap­tain who in­spired the Ice Bucket Chal­lenge phe­nom­e­non that raised mil­lions of dol­lars for ALS re­search.

The col­le­giate sports or­ga­ni­za­tion says Pete Frates can’t at­tend an awards cel­e­bra­tion in Nashville, Ten­nessee. this Jan­uary to ac­cept the 2017 In­spi­ra­tion Award be­cause the neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease is pro­gress­ing.

So NCAA pres­i­dent Mark Em­mert and NCAA hon­ors com­mit­tee chair Dr. Michael Ben­son will pre­sent him with it at his home in Bev­erly, Mass.

Frates was di­ag­nosed with amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis in 2012. The dis­ease, also called Lou Gehrig’s Dis­ease, weak­ens mus­cles, im­pairs phys­i­cal func­tion­ing and has no cure yet.

The ALS Ice Bucket Chal­lenge raised more than $220 mil­lion when it took off world­wide on so­cial me­dia in 2014.

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