Yesterday afternoon, Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but she put her own personal twist on what has become a national phenomenon. Called out by the Shenandoah football team, a handful of resident assistants and a Shenandoah alum, Tracy was doused with ice water and plans to donate money to the ALS Association.
She then challenged the entire Shenandoah University student body and college and university students across the country to take the next year and donate their money, time and talents to the charity of their choice.
“People have a lot of bad things to say about your generation,” said Fitzsimmons. “They say you’re lazy and they say you don’t care, and all you want to do is focus on technology; and I know from spending every day with college students that that’s not true. So I call you out and I challenge you to spend this year doing whatever you can… to focus on the charity of your choice.”
A large majority of the Shenandoah University Athletics Department, including Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp and all fall men’s and women’s teams have completed the Ice Bucket Challenge, as well as a great number of students, faculty and staff across campus; the men’s basketball team plans to complete the challenge this morning, Aug. 20. Shenandoah University community members should take some time to share their ice bucket challenge videos via #suibc. Click here to see videos as they’re shared.