The Longwood Women's Volleyball Club supports The ALS Association, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. As a club we hold fundraisers year round and walk in the Walk to Defeat ALS during the fall semester.
 
Next Walk:  Saturday, October 27, 2012
 
"Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed." (The ALS Association)
 

FACTS about ALS 

  • "About twenty percent of people with ALS live five years or more and up to ten percent will survive more than ten years and five percent will live 20 years. There are people in whom ALS has stopped progressing and a small number of people in whom the symptoms of ALS reversed."
  • "ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries."
  • "ALS is not contagious."
  • "It is estimated that ALS is responsible for nearly two deaths per hundred thousand population annually."
  • "Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. The incidence of ALS is two per 100,000 people, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time."

If you would like to Donate or find out more information please visit the ALS website: The ALS Association

In the Spring of 2012, the club held their first annual Make a Splash for ALS event at the Willett Pool. This event consisted of teams of four where they competed in three events where our panel of judges rate them on their diving and synchronized dance abilities.

  1. Diving Contest
  2. Synchronized Dance 
  3. Relay Race 
The club will be putting on the event every Spring semester with  high hopes in the upcoming years

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