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'Matty Ice,' other Atlanta athletic notables take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

There's a good reason why they call Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan "Matty Ice."

It's because he can stay cool under pressure. Which he proved when he was asked to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The viral video sensation challenges people to dump a bucket of ice water over their head to raise awareness and funds for ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Between July 29 and Aug. 12, ALS has raised more than $4 million. Last year they raised just over $1 million in the same time period.

"While the monetary donations are absolutely incredible," said Barbara Newhouse, president of the ALS Association. "The visibility that this disease is getting as a result of the challenge is truly invaluable. People who have never before heard of ALS are now engaged in the fight to find treatments and a cure for ALS."

After Matty Ice doused himself with the chilly water, he challenged several of his teammates to do the same. They could either take the challenge themselves, or make a donation to an ALS organization.

The Atlanta Hawks' mascot Harry the Hawk also accepted the challenge and even the Gwinnett Braves' mascot Chopper helped out a participant.

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