MORAGA -- We've all been inundated on Facebook and social media with viral videos of people throwing buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness and money for the ALS Association.

The Campolindo High School varsity football team took the challenge to the next level as evidenced by a touching video posted to YouTube showing the team dunking their collective heads in water, followed by a former teammate and his father, who has lived with Lou Gehrig's disease for more than 13 years.

On Wednesday, the team took the challenge and was filmed by Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area for a show airing at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 on KOFY TV 20.

The video begins with the varsity team dumping water over players' heads one by one, ending with the team jumping up and down cheering. The mood quickly grows serious as head coach Kevin Macy dumps water over his head; Brian Chaney, who graduated last year, follows suit, and then his father, Matt, gets water dumped on his head. Matt Chaney, a longtime Lafayette resident, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- a fatal disease that destroys nerve cells, making voluntary movements increasingly difficult -- in 2001. Death often occurs between two and five years.

Chaney, wearing a "Never Give Up" T-shirt, then makes a brief speech to the team, choking back tears.


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Brian Chaney translates -- ALS has made speaking for his dad difficult -- to the team: "Gentlemen, thank you very much. This means a lot to him."

Learn more about ALS, the challenge and how to donate at www.alsa.org.

Contact Matthias Gafni at 925-952-5026. Follow him at Twitter.com/mgafni.