- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) - An effort is under way to rename a Massachusetts park after the inspiration for the ice bucket challenge.

On online petition has been set up to name the park in Beverly after Pete Frates. Frates, a Beverly native and former Boston College baseball player, played in what is currently known as Longfellow Playground as a youngster.

In the ice bucket challenge, people take a bucket of ice water and dump it over their head. So far, it has raised more than $115 million for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Frates was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease 2012.

Frates in an email to The Salem News (https://bit.ly/1SJuaAb ) said he is humbled by the effort.

Any name change needs city council approval.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, https://www.salemnews.com


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