13 well-known Mormons who accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge


Over the past few weeks the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the nation with buckets of ice-cold water.

The Ice Bucket Challenge began as a way to raise money for ALS Association. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Those who are challenged have 24 hours to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads or else they need to make a donation to ALS.

Here are a few well-known Mormons from athletes to politicians who have taken the challenge.

1. Danny Ainge, Former BYU basketball player

ALS- Danny Ainge

Challenged by: Brian Santiago

Challenged: Celtics co-owners Wyc Grousbeck and Stephen Pagliuca, Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale and the 80,000 missionaries currently serving a Mormon mission

Watch the video here.


2. Jabari Parker, NBA basketball player

Challenged by: Steve Wojciechowski and Max Lipsett

Challenged: Kendrick Nunn, Jaylon Tate, Kendall Pollard and Billy Garrett


3. Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons lead singer

ALS- Dan Reynolds

Challenged by: Didn’t say.

Challenged: Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age

Watch the video here.


4. Becky Lockhart, Speaker of the House

IBC-Becky Lockhart

Challenged by: Val Hale

Challenged: Congressman Jason Chaffetz

Watch the video here.


5. Tom Holmoe, BYU Athletic Director

ALS- Tom Holmoe

Challenged by: David James and Ky Snyder with the University of San Diego

Challenged: A bunch of people from his football past

Watch the video here.


12. Tyler Haws, BYU basketball player

Challenged by: Cody Fueger

Challenged: Luke Worthington, Jake Toolson, Brian Santiago and Ralph Haws (Tyler’s grandpa)


7. Kyle Collinsworth, BYU basketball player

Challenged by: Didn’t mention who nominated him

Challenged: Chase Fischer, Anson Winder and Craig Manning


8. Lindsey Stirling, YouTube violinist

ALS- Lindsey Stirling

Challenged by: Lzzy Hale

Challenged: Chrissy Teigen, John Legend and Josh Groban

Watch the video here.


9. Rod Zundell, KSL sports reporter

ALS- Ron Zundell

Challenged by: Sadie Palmer

Challenged: Utah college football coaches: Kyle Whittingham (Utah), Bronco Mendenhall (BYU), Matt Wells (Utah State), Ed Lamb (Southern Utah) and Jay Hill (Weber State)

Watch the video here.


10. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU football head coach
Bronco Ice Bucket 1

Challenged by: Rod Zundell

Challenged: Utah sports media reporters

Watch the video here.


11. Greg Wrubell, Voice of the Cougars

ALS- Greg Wrubell

Challenged by: Bronco Mendenhall

Challenged: Encouraged everyone to donate to a good cause

Watch the video here.


12. Alex Boye, Singer


Challenged by: More than 50 people

Challenged: The entire Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, One Voice Children’s Choir and LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson


13. Jazz Bear, Utah Jazz mascot


Challenged by: A lot of people

Challenged: Karl “The Mailman” Malone, Enes Kanter, Governor Herbert and Greg Ostertag

(OK, we don’t know if he’s Mormon, but he is from Utah. Plus, his ice bucket dump tops them all.)


 Bonus: Mitt Romney, Former Republican presidential nominee


Challenged by: Meg Whitman, Rob Portman and Creighton Rider 

Challenged: His wife Ann Romney and Jason Sudeikis


Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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