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PushUps for Charity: Honoring Armed Forces Day

Nationwide fundraiser comes Norwalk fitness center

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Westport, CT | Added on May 17, 2014 At 09:00 PM

All around the country today, Americans paid tribute to our men and women in uniform, honoring Armed Forces Day.  It's a day started by President Truman back in 1950 - and since then it's become synonymous with parades, air shows and - more recently- pushups.

Inside SISU Elite Fitness, people are pushing themselves to make a difference.  It's called Pushups for Charity, a nationwide fundraiser run by a non-profit known as The Boot Campaign.  The whole idea being that with each push, we remember the sacrifices made by our veterans. 

"I think there's no greater cause than people coming out and supporting our troops and military.  Gets people involved in fitness and also donate money for doing pushups," said one participant.

The day started out with the national anthem, followed by a moment of silence - and then with 90 seconds on the clock the fun began. 

"You know pushups are a universal movement basically anyone can do them," said owner Tommy Baker.  "And also it's such a military thing."

Owner Tommy Baker hopes to rake in around ten thousand dollars for the campaign.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to have a local event but also be part of something greater and really maximize the awareness," he said.

And, not too far away on the mat, stands his father: a veteran of the navy. 

"This event is very important it causes us to reflect on the importance of armed forces in the country.  What they've done for us and they dedicated their lives to making this country a better country and making it a unique country," said Warren Baker.

The Boot Campaign started this event five years ago, and since then it has raised more than 600 thousand dollars.  The goal this year is to raise $1 million, and you can still donate!  You can either visit SISU Elite Fitness or go to


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