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OK Sun take ALS challenge

It was all for fun and charity.

The BC Junior Football League's Okanagan Sun accepted a challenge put forth by residents of Westwood Retirement Resort in West Kelowna.

The team, in the middle of a week off, took up the challenge Monday amidst a party type atmosphere.

A portion of Elliott Road in front of the retirement home was closed down and a dunk tank was erected in the middle of the street.

Visitors were invited to make a donation to ALS in exchange for a chance to dunk members of the team.

Following the event, an impromptu team picture gave staff members on the balcony above a chance to douse the team one last time.

Sun receiver Thomas Huber then challenged the UBCO Heat women's basketball and soccer teams.

Huber says he issued the challenge because he knows many of the players. While Huber did not find himself in the dunk tank, a resident at Westwood decided to issue a personal challenge to him.

Huber, the UBCO women's basketball and soccer teams are on the clock. They have 24 hours to take the challenge.

Between the dunk tank and a barbeque, more than $1,100 was raised for the charity.

According to Time Magazine, 1.7 million people worldwide have donated just shy of $80M to combat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), since July 29.

Last year over the same period, just $2.5M was raised.


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