Athletes on Ice

The Mets accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge; it doesn't look like Terry Collins suspects a thing. (MLB)

The Mets accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge; it doesn't look like Terry Collins suspects a thing. (MLB)

By now, just about everyone on Earth has either been involved with the ALS ice bucket challenge or gotten sick of them after having their Facebook timeline hijacked by the videos … or both. It’s hard to recall such an oddball viral stunt for a charity influencing so many people, normal folk and celebrities alike.

One can’t argue with results, though. According to Forbes, the ALS Association has seen a 750 percent year-over-year boost in the last three weeks for donations (more than $15 million total to date since July 29). And the trend shows no signs of slowing down, with more and more clips popping up every day.

In the Major League Baseball family, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) hits particularly close to home. The challenge itself began with former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates (an ALS patient), who wrote a first person essay about his struggle with the disease and encouraged Boston-area athletes to help him in his fight.

It took off from there when some of the biggest-name athletes, coaches and front office luminaries posted their own videos, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime.

Below, check out a special ice bucket compilation from MLB, plus a few of our favorite challenge clips from across the sporting world:

LeBron James

Colin Kaepernick

The New England Patriots

Michelle Wie

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