GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man from West Michigan is taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to an entirely new level.
Kyle Post, 25, decided to go big or go home when it came time for the dare. He enlisted the help of his coworkers at Van Andel Arena and pulled out the Zamboni. He says while the Griffins did it as a team, it’s funny to see just one person use the Zamboni alone.
“I actually watched the Grand Rapids Griffins do something similar and I knew that because they thought outside the box a little bit; I definitely needed to do the same.”
Post starts off the video like every other challenge, but what happens next is one for the books. He takes a seat and the flood gates open and he gets drenched in ice cold water in slow motion (all while Miley Cyrus plays in the background).
“It’s the water we use to put down the ice for all of the Griffins’ games here in Grand Rapids so I would say it’s pretty cold; very, very cold.”
He says the response to his video so far has been very positive.
“I got a lot more response positively than I thought it would. I thought with the cheesy humor aspect added to it that it wouldn’t get the praise that some of the more serious ones had gotten.”
And it’s more than a joke or a dare, as he has a personal connection to the disease.
“My best friend, Katrina, her father actually passed away from this disease and it’s been really positively impacting her to see the movement that has been created because of this and to add to the cause and to get a laugh.”
The Ice Bucket Challenge was started by former Boston College athlete and ALS sufferer Pete Frates who wanted to help raise awareness.
Since then, thousands of videos from everyday people to celebrities have been posted online.
The ALS Association says as of Tuesday, Aug. 26, they have raised $88.5 million dollars from the challenge. This is up from $2.6 million at the same time last year.