Goodmans, Master J handle Ice Bucket Challenge

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Staff report

Dr. Cindy Goodman, superintendent of Richmond County Schools, and husband and State Rep. Ken Goodman handled the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with ease after being challenged by Richmond County Daily Journal Sports Editor Shawn Stinson.

Dr. Jeff Maples, associate superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, operated the ice bucket over his boss’s head while Executive Director Dennis Quick took care of Rep. Goodman before a crowd of onlookers at the central office in Hamlet. See the video here.

In turn, Rep. Goodman challenged David Wood, Dr. Dale McInnis and Chuck Cobb — past, current and future presidents of the Rockingham Rotary Club — while the RCS superintendent issued the challenge to “16 of the finest principals in the state of North Carolina.”

Ken Goodman shouted as the ice water dropped on him from above. He rose quickly from his chair set on the lawn of the central office. Meanwhile, Cindy Goodman had a more measured response. She slowly rose and gently pulled at her blouse to shake off the loose water.

Also on Thursday, Master J — the tae kwon do instructor at The Hive Recreation Center in East Rockingham who teaches his classes at no cost to the center — was cleaned up by several of his students. Sarah Ferguson, co-owner of the Mill Road center, said he planned to donate $1 for every student that brought a bucket to fill with ice water. Thirty students lined up to take part in the fun.

For his part, Master J challenged all the tae kwan do instructors in the Carolinas.

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As of Aug. 27, The ALS Association has received $94.3 million in donations compared to $2.7 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 27), according to a news release on The ALS Association website. These donations have come from existing donors and 2.1 million new donors. The ALS Association is tremendously thankful for all of the generous support and awareness that this summer phenomenon has generated for the cause.

“The ALS Association has been given a great deal of money and with that comes tremendous responsibility,” said Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of The ALS Association. “We are absolutely committed to transparency and will be communicating regularly with the ALS community, our donors, the media and the public about progress to invest these dollars wisely in areas that will have maximum impact on the fight against this devastating disease.”

The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. In addition, The Association’s advocacy efforts empower people to advance public policies in our nation’s Capital that respond to the needs of people with ALS.

For inquiries regarding the use of these funds or other information about the Ice Bucket Challenge, please email


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