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22 push-up challenge catches attention in Tampa Bay, nationally

Remember the ice bucket challenge? The 22 push-up challenge, gaining social media steam over the last month or so, is based off a similar concept to raise awareness for veteran suicides.

A 2012 Department of Veterans Affairs report showed 22 vets, on average, die by suicide each day. More recent VA findings put the figure at 20.

During the ice bucket challenge, which went viral two summers ago to raise money for ALS research, people who filmed and posted videos of themselves dumping ice-cold water on their heads challenged others to do the same. Organizers with the group 22Kill have said the 22 push-up challenge is mainly to educate and increase awareness.

The group wants to log 22 million push-ups, and as of Monday afternoon, had more than 18 million recorded on its website.

To add to the official 22Kill count, the group says to upload your video to the group's social media pages — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube — and hashtag the amount of push-ups you completed for #22Kill. So, if you did 22 push-ups, upload the video with the caption "#22pushups for #22Kill."

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay posted a video Thursday.

The staff at Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure also is joining in, doing the push-ups in places around the Pinellas Park shop for the last five days. On Saturday, they took to paddleboards at Freedom Lake Park behind the shop.

Celebrities have joined in, too. Here's John Krasinski.

Contact Jack Suntrup at jsuntrup@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8092. Follow @JackSuntrup.

22 push-up challenge catches attention in Tampa Bay, nationally 09/19/16 [Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 1:17pm]
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