DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove South's sophomore football team couldn't have picked a better time to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
With the sun beating down from above a nearly cloudless sky Wednesday afternoon, 53 players and three coaches drenched themselves in freezing cold water moments after practice ended.
Team captains Sam Adank and Joe Tonoff, standing on the goal line, initiated the action, and orange buckets provided by the Home Depot in Woodridge were tipped in a domino effect going down the line.
The cold showers provided some relief after a hot afternoon of practice, but the enjoyment went beyond that.
"I think a lot of people do it to have fun, but they might not realize what it's all about," said Tonoff, who added that the entire team was enthusiastic about taking the challenge.
"Usually it's three or four people doing it," Adank said. "We thought, why not a whole group of guys?"
Adank's father, Paul Adank, issued the challenge. Players from the team were asked to donate what amount they could to the ALS Association, and Adank and Tonoff issued the challenged the Downers Grove South Fillies dance squad.
Head coach Dustin Hausherr and his assistant coaches were the last to dump their buckets, and the event hit close to home for Hausherr. His fiancee's uncle is currently battling ALS.
"The kids had a good time and at the end of the day it's for a good cause," Hausherr said. "Anything that can help raise money for a good cause."