There’s a new viral challenge and while the issue is a serious one that is in need of coverage, I’m so excited to see all of the celebrities who are going to complete it. It’s called the 22 pushup challenge, and is to raise awareness of PTSD in our service people and the sobering number of soldiers who commit suicide a day, which is an average of 22. Similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014, this is a simple completion of 22 pushups (or as many as you can do, every one counts) on video followed by nominating friends. The movement was started by 22Kill.com and has so far been completed by multiple celebrities including Chris Pratt, The Rock, John Krasinski and now Chris Evans. What’s more is that there’s this trend to including their dogs in the videos, so not only do we get to see them do pushups, their dogs are in the videos kissing their heads and licking their hands and it’s awesome.
I think that Chris Pratt started this celebrity round (although I can’t be sure) so here’s his video with Anna Faris, and they have a really nice message of appreciation for veterans. I’m like Anna, I would have a hard time doing 22 pushups and I would feel bad challenging anyone, but the rules do say you can do as many as you can, including modified pushups and air pushups! I think we need to get the word out about that or only the buffest people will be doing this.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 13, 2016
So Chris nominated The Rock (yes!!), Vincent D’Onofrio and John Krasinski.
D’Onofrio did it! His dogs were there wagging their tails and looking cute. He challenged Dax Shepard, Matthew Modine, Robert Downey Jr. (can’t wait to see that one) and Hawk D’Onofrio, who is his nephew.
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) August 13, 2016
The Rock did it with his adorable french bulldog there licking his face and arms. I love covering this story so much. He challenged JJ Watt (he did it!), Kevin Hart and Simone Manuel! Kevin Hart is on his honeymoon now but I bet he steps up soon.
#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 😂💪🏾🇺🇸
John Krasinski did it with his chill dog, Vin, by his side. I swear Vin is smiling at the end! Krasinski challenged his trainer, Jason Walsh, and also Miles Teller and Chris Pratt, the subject of our story.
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) August 15, 2016
And Chris Evans is here! I swear he does about 26 pushups as he gets distracted by his cute dog licking his face. His is my favorite so far and his athleticism is impressive (like all these guys) although I’m sure we’ll see some great submissions to come. These are truly a joy to watch. I love seeing hot guys do pushups and this was an incredible idea.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 15, 2016
Like the Ice Bucket Challenge, this is hopefully going to explode and raise a lot of money and awareness for the organization. Did you hear that the money that was raised for ALS research helped discover a new gene? I hope that this movement does similar things for our service men and women and for this important cause. PTSD is too often discounted, neglected and ignored until its too late.
Thanks to HuffPo for featuring this story