Splash! Helton Is All Wet
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 22, 2014 | 8:54 P.M. EST
Greg Biffle (now pictured), Danica Patrick, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. dumped water on NASCAR President Mike Helton as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Photo: Getty Images)
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Many have done it. Now count NASCAR President Mike Helton.
With help from Greg Biffle, Danica Patrick, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Helton took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The challenge has helped raise donations and awareness for ALS. The ALS Association reported Friday that it received $53.3 million in donations from July 29-Aug. 21 compared to $2.2 million during that same time a year ago.
The challenge was started by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who has ALS. It has taken off on social media with many celebrities and athletes dumping a bucket of over their head to raise awareness and also donating money to the cause.
“Last weekend, Jamie and Jimmie called me out,’’ Helton said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. “I donated instead of doing this. Then wheels started turning. I decided ... if you guys want to dump water on me it’s going to cost you a donation of $1,000 apiece to participate and these are the guys and gals who agreed to do it. I challenge everybody to have fun and when you can help out a friend or neighbor or someone by making a donation of volunteering time, do it.’’
Then Biffle, Patrick, McMurray, Johnson and Earnhardt dumped water over Helton.
“It was all for a good cause and a good reason and I’m thankful for their participation,’’ Helton said. “This goes to show that we work hard and we play hard, too.’’