Cleveland Mayor And Tennessee Christian Preparatory School School President Participate In ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and Dr. Bill Balzano, president of Tennessee Christian Preparatory School took the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday.

Four members of the TCPS football team dumped a bucket of ice water on each man as people gathered on the athletic field to watch.

Ice Bucket Challenge videos went viral on the internet several months ago to raise awareness and donations to overcome Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Tom and Sandra Rowland are also making a donation to the ALS Association in memory of Fred Thomas, a family relative, and Elizabeth Kramer, grandmother of State Representative Kevin Brooks.


TCPS is also accepting donations for the ALS Association, Dr. Balzano said.

Each person who gets dunked with ice water passes the challenge to others. Mayor Rowland challenged Steve Cress, publisher of the Cleveland Daily Banner; Steve Hartline, general manager of 104.1 WCLE and Dr. Paul Conn, president of Lee University.

Dr. Balzano challenged Johnny McDaniel, director of Bradley County Schools; Janice Casteel, Cleveland city manager and Cleveland City Councilman Richard Banks.

 "You certainly feel it," the mayor said as cold water ran down his face.

Afterwards, Mr. Rowland and Dr. Balzano posed for pictures with the four football players who did the dunking; Andrew Chase, Zadarius Williams, Rashad Marshall and Caleb Douglas.

Some of the players and staff have taken the challenge too. Head Coach Toby McKenzie was one of the people who challenged Dr. Balzano and Mayor Rowland. State Rep. Kevin Brooks was also one of the mayor's challengers.

"Who better to challenge?" Coach McKenzie said.

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