The 22 Pushup Challenge may have hit critical mass. This past week, superstars Chris Pratt, Anna Faris and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got involved.
Back in the summer of 2014, a movement called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - which helped raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - went viral on social media. The 22 Pushup Challenge is starting to pick up steam in a similar fashion.
According to a FOX 17 report from last April, an army vet named Nate Koehn came up with an idea to help address the fact that every day, 22 veterans commit suicide. He asks anyone challenged to complete 22 pushups and donate $10 to the cause - which raises money for veteran suicide awareness.
Here's more, via the organization's website - 22kill.com.
Help us reach our goal to get 22 Million pushups – To honor those who serve and to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention through education and empowerment. Every pushup counts so don’t be shy to show your support for our veterans. You can do as many or few pushups as you can or choose. Whether it’s 1 or 100 in a row, we will accept them however they come. They can be assisted (on your knees), incline (on a desk/wall), or if you physically are unable to do any, we’ll even take air pushups. They all count towards the goal as long as you follow the instructions below.
Some are just doing 22 pushups and then challenging others to do the same on social media. Others are doing 22 pushups per day for a month to raise awareness as well.
This past weekend, movie stars Chris Pratt and Anna Faris completed the challenge. They then called out Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to do the same. He did so, and nominated Kevin Hart and a few others.
According to the organization's website, just over 7 million pushups have been completed.
If you're interested in donating to the cause, you can do so here.