Aoki Reflects on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
November 12, 2014 - als
Nov. 12, 2014
By Sean Tenaglia (’16)
You would be hard-pressed to find someone who has not listened about a Ice Bucket Challenge by now. The viral prodigy swept opposite amicable media this summer, lifting over $115 million and infinite recognition for amyotrophic parallel sclerosis (ALS) research.
Irish ball conduct manager Mik Aoki is all too informed with a amicable media campaign. It began with one of his former players, Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012.
Before nearing during Notre Dame, Aoki coached Frates from 2004 by 2007 during Boston College. The dual remained tighten over a years, and grew even closer after Pete’s diagnosis. Over a past dual years, a Irish have hosted several “Strike Out ALS” games to lift income and recognition of a illness in a internal community.
The Ice Bucket Challenge had a common commencement with Pete Frates’ confidant prophesy to lift recognition for ALS. Thousands of videos and millions of dollars later, Frates’ prophesy has come to fruition, and afterwards some. Before he knew it, open total from Bill Gates to LeBron James were holding partial in a movement. Aoki also assimilated in a fun and voiced his comprehensive mystification during a success of a campaign.
“It is only an unimaginable thing that people pouring a bucket of ice H2O on their heads could make such a difference,” Aoki says. “It is though any doubt a best thing that can come from amicable media. There is so most that we review about online that is negative, though this is where amicable media is so important. You could not have finished this during any other duration in history. It was only awesome.”
Frates’ story has overwhelmed millions of lives around a world. In September, ESPN aired a “SportsCenter Featured” shred on his conflict with ALS. Before Game 2 of a World Series in Kansas City, MLB commissioner Bud Selig respected Frates and presented his family with an engraved china ice bucket.
Aoki acknowledges that Frates faces a tough highway forward of him as a illness continues to take reason of his body, though he knows that his former actor has left an implausible legacy.
“For a illness that has been so underserved, for Pete to hold this thing off is only unbelievable,” Aoki says.
“He’s in a tough place, though that child done his mark. He done his mark. I’m so unapproachable of him and vehement that I’ve had some tiny partial in his life since he’s a unusual kid.”
The Irish will respect Frates this open with another “Strike Out ALS” weekend. For some-more information on his ongoing conflict with a disease, greatfully check out http://petefrates.com.
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