BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – On Sunday August 17, Concordia College men's basketball coach Brian Sondey gladly accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As part of completing the ALS Challenge, Sondey nominated returning seniors Tshyrad Oates (Union City, N.J.), Ivan Tchatchouwo (Bronx, N.Y.), and Chris Gordy (Washington, D.C.) to complete the challenge. The seniors then had 24 hours to complete the challenge and/or donate to the cause of defeating ALS.
Ivan Tchatchouwo embraced the challenge 1st and had his ice bucket video up within hours of the challenge. "I feel that this challenge is for a great cause and brings everybody together," Tchatchouwo said. "Whether you are donating or taking the challenge it brings awareness to the disease and hopefully this raises (a lot of) money," he continued.
Tshyrad Oates was not far behind in completing his ice bucket challenge. "When I first heard of the ice bucket challenge I told friends if nominated I wouldn't do it as I was unaware that it was for such a great cause," Oates stated. "Then of course I got nominated by my coach, so I had to look into what ALS was all about and what this challenge actually meant. Pete Frates is the man who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon and I hope people look up to his story as I did. Once I became aware I wanted to also help spread the word and was more than happy to take the challenge and pass it on to friends," Oates continued.
One of the friends Oates passed the challenge to is professional guard Tyshawn Taylor. Tyshawn and Tshyrad both played at legendary St. Anthony's High School (N.J.). Since then Taylor has played in a NCAA Division I National Championship game with Kansas University, and has played professionally with the Brooklyn Nets. Taylor was happy to take the ALS challenge to help Oates and Concordia basketball spread the word about defeating ALS. "The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a movement that's been sweeping social media so I had to take part," Taylor said. "It's for a great cause and I'm sure this Ice Bucket Challenge is benefitting so it was the least I could do."
"From our work with The Jimmy Sayegh Game & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, to our relationship with Team IMPACT & Eli, our basketball program has learned to embrace opportunities like these to support a great cause," Coach Sondey noted. "I am extremely thankful to Ivan and Tshyrad for embracing the ALS Challenge and helping to spread the word through a fun event. I also can't thank Tyshawn Taylor enough for joining us. He has immediately made me a supporter and fan. Whether you are donating to this cause, participating in the challenge, or both I truly believe you are a difference maker and helping everyone make a positive contribution," Sondey finished.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head or donating to the ALS Association to help bring awareness. For more information on ALS please visit http://www.alsa.org/.
Head Coach Brian Sondey