Academy employees and local police officers gathered on the front steps of the Academy to witness three professors take the plunge and complete the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) “Ice Bucket Challenge” in honor of local Daphne police officer, Mr. Mike Dawson, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

After being nominated, commonly referred to as being “called out,” by Academy teaching assistants, the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Stephen Butler; the Chair of Sports Exercise Science, Dr. Wirt Edwards and the Director of Doctoral Studies, Dr. Fred Cromartie, were willingly doused in ice water to show their support for those suffering from this disease. Officer Dawson, along with several other members the Daphne police department, stood around the professor as they completed the challenge.

Officer Dawson, who was recently diagnosed with ALS, has served the Daphne Police Department for more than 10 years. In place of sending a monetary donation to the national ALS Foundation, the Academy professors chose to support the community and send their donations directly to Officer Dawson.

ALS is a progressive disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord resulting in the loss of muscle movement.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a well-known, social-media driven campaign with the purpose of encouraging monetary donations and raising awareness of the disease commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. By accepting the “challenge,” an individual has a bucket of ice water poured over his or her head and nominates others to do the same. Nominated individuals also have the option to donate to a charity of their choice. Afterward, the individual posts the video of the event to his or her social media accounts.

Dr. Butler, Dr. Edwards and Dr. Cromartie completed the challenge by “calling out” others to make their own video and donate to this worthy cause.

To view the video of this challenge, visit

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