Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams, his wife Anne, and their family initiated the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to teammates Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, as well as assistant general manager Bill Guerin today. The challenge states that they must complete the ice bucket challenge and nominate three new people within 24 hours or else donate $100 to ALS research in order to opt out.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a fatal neurological disease that rapidly attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. Anne Adams’ father, Paul Cellucci, the former governor of Massachusetts and U.S. ambassador to Canada, passed away in 2013 after a lengthy battle with the devastating disease. He was 65 years old.
The ALS Association reports that more than 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year. It is one of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide, and 90 to 95 percent of all ALS cases are completely random.
Below is the tweet from @penguins, featuring the link to the video challenge. Crosby, Kunitz and Guerin have 24 hours to respond. Videos of those that accept the challenge will appear on the Penguins website and social media platforms. UPDATE
: Sidney Crosby celebrated his birthday by embracing the challenge, passing it on to teammates Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis, and Marc-Andre Fleury.