Article and photos by Heidi Butler
July 08, 2014
Who would tell a college president that he was all wet?
On July 8 the president of Northampton Community College was all wet.
So were the College's athletic director and associate athletic director.
In fact, they were soaked.
The "real feel" temperature was 92 degrees, but these college officials weren't just cooling off. They were "Chillin4Charity," as part of a national fundraiser to support cancer research.
The fundraising campaign started on June 9 when the women's basketball team at the University of Arizona urged coaches and players from the Pacific-12 Athletic Conference to take the "Cold Water Challenge" by having a jug of ice water poured over their heads.
According to rules posted on the University of Arizona website, each coach who doesn't participate in the challenge has to contribute $250 to the Kay Yow Foundation. For each coach who does answer the challenge, the challenger will contribute $50.
The foundation was founded in memory of Kay Yow, the former North Carolina State and U.S. Olympic Team coach who died of breast cancer in 2009. It has already contributed $3.8 million to research into cancers that affect women.
As the latest fundraising campaign went viral, NCC received two challenges in one week. Tammy Smith, dean of college life at Union County College in New Jersey, challenged Troy Tucker, NCC's director of athletics, and Dr. Ann Bieber, president of Lehigh Carbon Community College, did the same to NCC's president, Dr. Mark Erickson.
There was no hesitation. Game on! Members of NCC's baseball, lacrosse and volleyball teams enthusiastically agreed to do the dousing. They were ably assisted by the college mascot. You can watch the video and find out whom NCC challenged. Then enjoy photos taken by Matt Smith of The Express-Times.
President Erickson is still wringing out his socks.
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