Posted By: Camila Orti
Hundreds of people dropped down and broke a sweat for a good cause, gathering in front of the Pinnacle Bank Arena to do 'Push-ups for Charity.'
Organizer and owner of Capital City Bootcamps, Mike Bevard, says the goal of the event is to raise money and support our nation's veterans. It's part of a national push to raise $1 million for the Boot Campaign, a non-profit that helps veterans find jobs and housing when they return home.
"We're here to support them and show them that it matters that we care about them and appreciate what they do," Bevard said.
Every push-up completed in Lincoln is added to a national tally. The goal is to complete 1.4 million push-ups to honor the 1.4 million men and women serving in the armed forces. Today was the last day cities nationwide could participate.
"Our goal here in Lincoln is to do 12,000 push-ups and raise $2,500 at least," Bevard said.
For Lynn DeLine, the push was personal. Her husband and two sons are in the army, two of whom are overseas in Afghanistan and South Korea.
"They're over there just toughing it out for us, they're pushing for us so we need to do this Pushups for Charity for them," DeLine said.
Participants cranked out as many push-ups as they could in 90 seconds and were encouraged to give a free-will donation.
Organizers say more than 14,000 push-ups were completed and around $2,000 were raised.