FILE -In this Sept. 18, 2017 photograph, Pete Frates, who is stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, listens to a guest at Fenway Park in Boston. On Thursday, June 27, 2019, Boston College unveiled plans for the Pete Frates Center, a new indoor baseball and softball training facility that will be named after the alumnus who helped popularize the ice bucket challenge. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Building named to honor ice bucket challenge inspiration

June 27, 2019 - 12:29 pm
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BOSTON (AP) — Boston College says its new indoor baseball and softball training facility will be named after the alumnus who helped popularize the ice bucket challenge.

The college unveiled plans Wednesday for the Pete Frates (FRAY'-tees) Center during a ceremony attended by Frates and his family.

The 34-year-old Frates is a former Boston College baseball captain who in 2012 was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.

He and his family helped the ice bucket challenge spread on social media in 2014. The challenge has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for research into the degenerative disease that destroys nerve cells and has no cure.

Boston College Athletic Director Martin Jarmond says there's no better person to name the facility after.

It is expected to open next year.

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