Kobe Bryant accepts ALS ice bucket challenge

It turns out Kobe Bryant found another purpose for an ice bath beyond using it to heal his aching body after a grueling workout. The country has become swept in efforts from the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association to raise funds for treating what’s known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” And Bryant wasted little time in following through on challenges from former teammate and Knicks coach Derek Fisher, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and ESPN financial reporter Darren Rovell in joining the cause.

Bryant carried the mantle in a unique way. Plenty of participants both famous and anonymous have had ice buckets poured over their head for the sake of helping a campaign that has already generated a reported $13.3 million in donations since July 29. Already taking an ice bath, Bryant ducked his head into the frigid water after nominating soccer player Sydney Leroux, Nike CEO Mark Parker and Element founder Johnny Schillereff.

Either way, the action showed Bryant’s efficient ability both to mix in his workout routine while handing out a nice assist to charity.

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