June 25, 2014
RUSTON - Temperatures in the South can be brutal during the summer months as thermometers threaten triple figures.
Trying to find a way to stay cool in north Louisiana this time of the year can be challenging.
On Tuesday afternoon the Louisiana Tech women's basketball coaching staff found a solution to the hot temperatures while meeting another challenge as they participated in the nationwide #Chillin4Charity fundraiser benefiting the Kay Yow Foundation.
Head Coach Tyler Summitt, Associate Head Coach Mickie DeMoss, Assistant Coaches Bernitha Johnson and Amber Smith and Director of Operations Eric Burton all found themselves on the receiving end of an ice bath while helping raise money for a worthy cause.
"It's an incredible cause started by (Arizona coach) Niya Butts," Summitt said. "We are excited to do our part to benefit the Kay Yow Foundation."
Butts, a former Tennessee Lady Vol during her collegiate days, started #Chillin4Charity, a cold water challenge combining viral videos and raising money into an event that has become a national trend in the women's basketball coaching circles in recent weeks.
The premise of #Chillin4Charity is simple. Collegiate women's basketball coaches challenge their peers from other institutions. They then take their own medicine so-to-speak, getting doused in ice water by their own players. All proceeds go to the Kay Yow Foundation.
The rules are simple. A coach calls you out before they receive an ice water shower. You then have 48 hours to respond by taking on the cold water challenge yourself. Head coaches that fail to do so owe the Kay Yow Foundation $250. Assistants owe $100. If a coach answers the bell, the challenging head coach owes $50; $25 for assistants.
The fundraiser has gone viral as coaches from programs all across the country are participating in the artic baths while video and marketing departments are documenting it and posting on social media outlets.
Tuesday's #Chillin4Charity episode took place at the Lambright Intramural Center on the Louisiana Tech campus. Summitt and his staff donned the pink breast cancer awareness uniforms that are worn by the Lady Techsters during one home game each year during the season.
All five members of the staff were able to challenge another coach, including Summitt who took a bold leap with his challenge.
"I challenged my mom, Pat, to chill for charity," Summitt said. "I'm not sure if she will be too happy with me, but at least I'm really far away (from Knoxville) right now."
DeMoss challenged Kyra Elzy to dump the ice water on the head of her former Tennessee head coach. Smith challenged Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream and former Kentucky teammate Crystal Riley; Johnson called out former Lady Vol and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson; and Burton challenged Marquette graduate assistant Matt Narveson.
Current Lady Techsters Savanna Langston, Chrisstasia Walter and Ruby Richie were joined by support staff members Mandy Miller, Ashley Thompson, Kourtney Brown, Ross Rastede and Malcolm Butler as well as Lambright staff in dumping the ice water on the heads of the LA Tech staff.
"This is just an example of our staff and our team being a family," Summitt said. "Whenever there is a cause that we can help benefit, we want to do it. We were excited to do it. The water itself was numbing."
The cause was heart warming.