New Los Angeles Laker point guard Jeremy Lin has been all over social media this summer, posting clips to his Instagram account that feature pranks on his friends and family. His most recent clip on Thursday showed the 25-year-old celebrating his mother’s birthday by mashing a cake in her face. Lin laughed, his mother hit him. However, earlier this week Lin put his viral video skills to good use and participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The challenge has taken over most social media platforms, with everyone from celebs to athletes to politicians dumping freezing cold buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, research. Most of the NBA’s biggest stars like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, as well as the retired Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal, have also completed the challenge.
Lin took a much different approach though. On Monday, the challenge’s official YouTube page posted a clip of Lin standing beach side with the ocean roaring in the background. Lin nominated former New York Knicks teammate and current Toronto Raptor Landry Fields, former Houston Rockets teammate Chandler Parsons, and his older brother Josh to pay the challenge forward.
Then a friend of Lin’s chucks a handful of ice into the water, and two other friends heave him into the ocean.
From July 29 to Aug. 20, the ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations since former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates started the challenge. That’s a monumental increase in funding, considering last year the charity had raised $1.9 million in the same time period.
Check out Lin’s challenge below.