Ted Kennedy, Jr. challenged University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst.

Write-Up by (UConn alum) Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com


Thanks to Ted Kennedy, Jr. of Branford, Connecticut, the University of Connecticut’s connection to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached UConn’s top administrator. An alumnus of the UConn School of Law and candidate for state senate, after accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from his friend, news anchor Dennis House of WFSB, Kennedy in turn called out UConn President Susan Herbst.

The challenges were reported on The Laurel, as well as, on social media where the charitable effort went viral in the United States earlier this year.

Doused by the new “hungry-looking” Husky dog mascot, Herbst not only accepted the challenge but used her video of the deed as an opportunity to bring attention to medical research underway at the university. She then threw down the gauntlet to Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney, who is said to have made a donation to the cause, her brother Jeffrey Herbst – president of Colgate University, and Gina Berreca, a professor at UConn.


UConn President Susan Herbst gets doused for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,


Those who are challenged have twenty-four hours to accept the challenge, then either make a donation to ALS, or have a bucket of ice water poured over their heads. Some are doing both.


Even UConn’s Jonathon XIV took the challenge.


According to the ALS Association Connecticut Chapter website,  amyotrophic lateral sclerosis  is a motor neuron degenerative disease affecting 5,600 people in the US each year, with an estimated 30,000 affected at any given time.

The challenge has brought attention to the disease  while reportedly raising $41 million so far, to help with research.

Head Baseball Coach Jim Penders is another UConn-ALS Ice Bucket Challenge connection. Even Husky dog mascot, Jonathan XIV, got into the fray. His handlers accepted the challenge from Mission at Northern Illinois University, then passed it along to Uga IX from the University of Georgia.

UConn Head Baseball Coach Jim Penders took the Ice Bucket Challenge.

UConn Head Baseball Coach Jim Penders takes the challenge!


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