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Michael Jordan and Steve Clifford accept the Ice Bucket Challenge

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Hornets owner Michael Jordan and head coach Steve Clifford have taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge that raises awareness for ALS.

Andy Lyons

If you've followed the news lately, even casually, then you've probably heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The ice bucket challenge has been around for a year or so, but only recently gained traction when the Golf Channel Morning Show shared the phenomenon with mainstream America in late June. The activity aims to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, and so far it has been credited with raising over $15 million in donations in just three weeks, compared to just under $2 million in 2013 for the same three-week period.

The premise is simple: Find a bucket of ice water, dump it on your head, look like a fool (thereby raising awareness), and then challenge other people to take the challenge.

It's always great when mainstream America takes hold of these initiatives, and even better when celebrities partake in them. ALS affects 30,000 Americans at any given time, according to the ALS Association, so it's heartwarming to see so many people joining in. But I'm not sure anyone expected Hornets owner Michael Jordan and head coach Steve Clifford to join in the fun.

Check out the photos below, via the Hornets' instagram page.

Video of the challenges are available on the Hornets website. Here's Clifford's challenge, and here's Jordan's.

Jordan challenged Phil Jackson and the original Dream Team. It'll be very interesting to see if anyone accepts Jordan's challenge.