PETERSBURG, Va. — Students and staffers at Richard Bland College took the the Ice Bucket Challenge last week in honor of Steve Broas, the Chesterfield father living with ALS who challenged New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning to participate in the dare.
“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a success. To date the Richard Bland College Honors Students raised over $500 in honor of Steve Broas,” Karen Peffer, the school’s Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Faculty and Academic Effectiveness, said in a statement.
Peffer also pointed out that Broas is the son-in-law of the late Rob Elliott who served on the RBC Foundation Board.
Back in August, Broas garnered headlines after two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Eli Manning accepted his challenge.
Manning’s personal response to Giants fan Steve Broas touched the Chesterfield father who had ALS.
Broas said he was “thrilled beyond belief” when he saw Manning’s video for the first time.
“The fact that Eli took time to take the challenge during a critical time for the Giants, says a lot about him,” Broas told CBS 6 News.
Manning said seeing Steve in his Giants jersey really moved him as well.
“I wanted to help spread awareness about this disease and help find a cure,” Manning said in a statement. “He accepted the challenge and then challenged me, so I wanted to do it for him.”