Celebrities Honor Fallen Veterans With the #22PushupChallenge
Combat Stress, a U.K. charity, has recently launched a campaign to raise awareness and funds about active and non-active soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health ailments. This campaign has spawned the #22PushupChallenge, a trend spreading across social media, with the completed challenge honoring the 22 veterans who commit suicide daily due to mental health issues. Celebrities have begun to answer the call, completing the required 22 pushups and challenging others to do the same.
Actors Chris Pratt and Anna Faris started the wave, and even though Faris struggles a little more than her husband in the video, she grinds it out and eventually the two complete the challenge:
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 13, 2016
Actor Vincent D’Onofrio answered Pratt’s challenge, accompanied by some adorable dogs:
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) August 13, 2016
Of course, it was only a matter of time before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson jumped into the fray, with his own buddy Hobbs:
#22PushUpChallenge Raising awareness for our 22 US vets who commit suicide daily. If you're a vet and you're going thru it, just know we're thinking about you and you're not alone. Be strong, have faith, keep fighting that good fight and there's always a better day. I challenge my boys @kevinhart4real and @justinjames99 as well as our history making first black OLYMPIC Gold medalist in swimming @swimone13. Thanks to my bud @prattprattpratt for passin' the torch and Hobbs the beast for the bad breath kisses. I'll take em all day ?????
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Not to be left behind, actor John Krasinski also completed the challenge, bringing his dog along and pleading with him to “be more adorable!” so as not to fall behind his colleagues:
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) August 15, 2016
Krasinski challenged Captain America, himself, Chris Evans, who obviously can’t leave a fallen soldier behind.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 15, 2016
Scott Eastwood joined in, showing off some muscle:
Thanks @prattprattpratt and @therock for calling people out this morning. the #22pushupchallenge is to raise awareness for our veterans that are suffering out there. We must never forget about those who fight and die for this country. If you are suffering call 1-800-273-8255 @ludacris know your hungover but I'm challenging you!!!
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Finally, Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo worked out her triceps with some pushups of her own:
— Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaEriVo) August 14, 2016
It’s awesome to see these celebs using their platforms to direct attention to this campaign. Now drop and give me 22!