Portland State President Wim Wiewel took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after being challenged to participate by Viking football Coach Nigel Burton and interim University of Oregon President Scott Coltrane.
Coltrane, Wiewel noted, is a Duck and knows all about getting wet. “But we are Vikings and we can handle the cold!” he said just before being doused with about 20 gallons of ice cubes and water.
The “challenge” is a fund-raiser that has raised tens of millions of dollars for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Wiewel said the event, abetted by Viking cheerleaders, football players and Victor Viking ,was an appropriate way to celebrate his sixth anniversary on the job.