Forget The Ice Bucket: Celebrities Give New Internet Trend 22 Pushup Challenge A Try


Does anybody still remember the Ice Bucket Challenge that took social media by storm back in 2014? A new trend in the same vein is now circulating online, and it is known as the 22 Push-Up Challenge.

As Tech Times previously wrote, the 22 Push-Up Challenge was started by an organization named 22Kill. The challenge requires people to upload videos of them doing push-ups, as 22Kill aims to record at least 22 million push-ups on the videos.

For those wondering what the number stands for, it is taken from the shocking statistic that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide per day in the United States. The challenge is looking to capture that many push-ups on video as a way to raise awareness on veteran suicide prevention and to honor the men and women who risked their lives in service of the country.

The viral awareness campaign has seen some of the biggest celebrities involved, as the 22 Push-Up Challenge continues to trend online.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the celebrities who have taken up the challenge. "Be strong, have faith, keep fighting that good fight and there's always a better day," Johnson wrote on Instagram, showing his support for the veterans.

Captain America himself, Chris Evans, has also uploaded a video for the 22 Push-Up Challenge, though it can be argued that the show was stolen by Evans' dog Dodger. The dog would not just let Evans ignore him, and when Evans tries to push Dodger away, he just keeps on licking on Evans' face.

The trend of Marvel heroes joining the challenge continues with the participation of Guardian of the Galaxy's Chris Pratt, who took on the 22 Push-Up Challenge with his wife Anna Faris.

Also joining the challenge are Scott Eastwood and John Krasinski, and among the celebrities that have been nominated to upload their own videos include other Marvel heroes Jeremy Renner and Chadwick Boseman, along with Ludacris and Miles Teller.

For those who would like to participate in the 22 Push-Up Challenge, there is actually no requirement to reach 22 push-ups if it is not possible for you. Any number of push-ups will be accepted by 22Kill as a contribution to its goal of 22 million push-ups, as long as the person on the video begins by stating his or her name and an organization being represented, if any, followed by his or her answer to "Why are you pushing or who are you pushing for?"

The 22 Push-Up Challenge is likely looking to replicate the success found by the Ice Bucket Challenge. A report last month revealed that the 17 million participants of the challenge were able to raise enough money to fund an important breakthrough in the research on ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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