If you own a computer and a set of eyes, you’re familiar with the Ice Bucket Challenge (though you may know it as the #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE). It’s a clever method of raising both awareness and money to support those suffering from ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Many of our favorite Southern celebrities have taken the challenge to support those suffering from ALS. Check out our favorites below.
We recommend Team Gleason for anyone interested in learning more about ALS or donating to help the cause.
First up is the man himself, former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints, Steve Gleason. The former Saint is responsible for what might be the most emotional punt block in football history, so special the moment is immortalized in a statue titled Rebirth outside the Superdome.
More important than a punt or a statue, though, is his foundation Team Gleason. Steve has ALS, and he began the foundation after his diagnosis. There have been arguments about the Ice Bucket Challenge and whether it’s armchair activism or is helping the cause. Steve takes it below, and makes his stance clear.
You may know this Houston-born star from The Big Bang Theory, but Jim Parsons earns his stripes with a bucket of ice.
Luke Bryan doesn’t seem too concerned about what to wear to his concert later this evening.
The co-anchor of CBS This Morning, DC-born Norah O’Donnell, invites her kids to join in the fun, making us all wish we could have doused our mamas in ice water when we were younger. Sorry, Ma!
It seems like Taylor Swift invited everyone she knows to watch her drench herself but not before drenching the cause with $100 bills.
Justin Timberlake, another Memphis-born king of pop, is known for chilly beats. I think his legs are chillier after this one.
Even the former president got in on the action.