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June 28, 2014

OVC BASKETBALL: EKU Coach Neubauer gets ice water bath for charity

RICHMOND — The EKU men’s basketball team got a chance to do something to coach Jeff Neubauer Friday afternoon that many players have probably dreamed about doing to their coaches many times.

The Colonels were given the opportunity to dump ice water on Neubauer’s head —  with his blessing — and it looked like they thoroughly enjoyed doing so.

Neubauer was accepting a challenge from fellow coach Rob Senderoff of Kent State as part of the Cold Water Challenge to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund #chillin4charity.

Men’s and women’s basketball coaches around the country are challenging each other to be doused in ice water and donate to a great cause.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

The challenge was started by Niya Butts, the head women’s coach at Arizona.

Once challenged, head coaches have 48 hours to complete the dousing or else they must donate $250 to the cancer fund.

If they complete the challenge within 48 hours, they are committed to donating $50. They then challenge three more coaches to accept the challenge.

Following his dousing, a shivering Neubauer fulfilled the rest of his mission, laying  down a challenge to three of his coaching friends, Joe Mihalich of Hofstra, Billy Donlin of Wright State and Mike Jones of Radford.

“They are three of my best friends in college coaching and I just thought they need a little excitement in their lives, so I challenge them to get wet,” Neubauer said. “I have been cold before, but I am absolutely freezing right now. But it’s worth it. Anything for a good cause.”

Neubauer and his players completed the challenge Friday after the conclusion of their annual youth basketball camp.

The Colonels are coming off a record setting year in which they won the Ohio Valley Conference championship and played Kansas in the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis.

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