Wildcats create cool way to chill for charity

2014-06-21T00:00:00Z 2014-06-21T10:25:50Z Wildcats create cool way to chill for charityBy Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Niya Butts and the UA women’s basketball team are making a splash this summer, and she’s challenging the rest of the Pac-12 — and the country — to do the same.

And no, that’s not a reference to recruiting.

Let’s backtrack a little bit.

Recently, there has been a viral video trend circulating called the “Cold Water Challenge.”

In short, a person calls someone out, or is called out, on social media to jump in cold water — or have it dumped on them. If it’s not done within a day, the person challenged must donate money to the charity of the challenger’s choice.

Calamity McEntire, a Wildcats assistant coach, brought the idea to Butts. The Wildcats have given it their own spin and challenged the rest of the Pac-12 — for charity, of course.

“Initially it started out as a joke,” Butts said. “Then I was thinking about it, and I’m like, ‘We can do it but I’m not sure they’ll answer just as a joke, so to speak, so we need to attach something to it.’”

That’s where the Kay Yow Fund, which raises money for cancer research, came to mind. The fund is named for Yow, the former North Carolina State basketball coach who lost a battle with breast cancer in 2009.

Butts and her staff filmed the first video this week. Here are the rules:

Every head coach who is called out must respond to the challenge within 48 hours. If they don’t, they owe $250 to the Yow fund. If they complete the challenge, then the challenger will donate $50.

Butts called out UCLA’s Cori Close, California’s Lindsay Gottlieb, Colorado’s Linda Lappe and ASU’s Charli Turner Thorne. Then Butts had a jug of icy water dumped on her, on camera.

“It was super cold and it was all on my hair,” Butts said. “I got a thing about my hair, so if I’m willing to get my hair messed up, it has to be for a great cause.”

Assistant coaches Sean LeBeauf, E.C. Hill and McEntire followed suit, each calling out three other Pac-12 assistant coaches.

UA players Candice Warthen, Dejza James and Charise Holloway joined in as well, each calling out three other conference players.

Players put up two hours of community service from the challenger for each player that accepts, and those that refuse must donate five hours.

So far, the challenge, dubbed “#Chillin4Charity” on Twitter, has spread like wildfire.

As of Friday afternoon, as many as 55 Division I programs — head coach, assistants and/or players included — had posted videos, participating in this Cold Water Challenge.

Thursday, Butts happily paid up — with $200 to the Yow fund.

“I don’t know that I expected it to be this big,” Butts said. “But we’re a competitive group in women’s basketball and coaches in general. So when you see someone else do it, and they call you out it’s like, ‘OK, are you gonna step up to the plate?’ Nobody wants to back down from a dare or a challenge.

“Now, they’re just having a good time with it.”

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Cal Poly Pomona at
Stanford
11/6 8:00 pm
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
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