ORLANDO, Fla., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pushups For Charity 2012 is only five (count 'em!) days away. On Saturday, May 19th, 2012, 115 gyms across the country will challenge participants to see how many pushups they can do in 90 seconds, while getting friends and family to sponsor them by donating anywhere from 50 cents to $1 per pushup. Last year alone raised over $250k and this year's goal is $500k. So far this year Pushups For Charity has raised over $100k so we are well on our way!
This year, proceeds will be donated to The Boot Campaign, a Texas-based non-profit that donates proceeds to a group of partner charities that work with soldiers healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, "When They Come Back, We Give Back". Supporters buy military issue combat boots and "take a walk in a soldiers shoes" – the proceeds benefit the cause.
Raising the Barr Gym in Ridgeland, MS (outside of Jackson, MS) held their event one week early on Saturday, May 12. It alone pulled in $21k including a tremendous pushup performance by veteran CJ Stewart who did 40 pushups (1 for every surgery he's endured from his injuries.) Check out his video here.
The event is being embraced by towns and cities across the country as an important annual health initiative. In Evansville, IN, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has declared his support for Pushups For Charity and is encouraging residents to participate after his city was named in a recent poll "the most obese city in the country". In Houston, TX, Mayor Annise Parker signed a Proclamation that "May 19, 2012 is Pushups For Charity Day in Houston". The Houston event will feature Texan cheerleaders, the local fire and police departments, Army Veteran Sandy Reyes who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom 2004 - 2005 as a specials in the 1st Cavalry Division (last year he completed 130 Pushups; he works on veterans causes now), and many more.
On Saturday, communities, local government officials, local fire and police departments and more will be coming out to celebrate this day of fun and fundraising for an initiative that allows people to get fit and give back at the same time.
For more information, a list of participating gyms, and to register, go to: www.PushUpsforCharity.com
The Boot Campaign
The Boot Campaign is a grassroots military appreciation and veteran awareness campaign started by five women from Texas, known as the Boot Girls. The Boot Girls launched the Boot Campaign in 2009 to spread awareness of the needs of military personnel returning home from combat and express gratitude to current military. Through the sale of military combat boots, the Boot Campaign donates proceeds to a group of partner charities that work with soldiers healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, "When They Come Back, We Give Back". www.BootCampaign.com
Pushups For Charity
Pushups For Charity is all about getting fit, having fun and making a difference. It's an alliance of many of the world's most respected fitness professionals who have come together to support worthy charities by providing free fitness coaching and exercise programming to all who participate in a Pushups For Charity event, or sponsor someone participating. Pushups For Charity was founded in 2010 by Net Profit Explosion, LLC President Sean Greely of Orlando, FL.
SOURCE The Boot Campaign