Workout Anytime Morristown to Host Lift For The 22 Fundraising Competition
Posted on May 26, 2017
Studies show, every day, about 22 veterans take their own lives.
After suffering from a rough transition to civilian life himself and seeing a few of his fellow, former members suffer that fate, Carter Davis said he decided to take action in the form of Lift for the 22, what is now a national fitness movement thanks to the nonprofit’s partnership with Workout Anytime, that began as a social media hashtag.
As a part of that partnership, Workout Anytime, Morristown, will host a lifting competition on Saturday to raise funds for the organization to continue its work of supplying all expenses paid gym memberships to qualifying veterans across the country, including the Lakeway Area.
“We are saving veteran lives through fitness,” Workout Anytime Chief Operating Officer Mark de Gorter said. “As an organization, we get behind these great causes and, aside from that fact, the original idea of saving the lives of those risking their lives for us was very attractive.
“We do two large, nation-wide events each year in conjunction with our clubs and dedicate 22 free gym memberships per club, per year to veterans who apply and are accepted. In Morristown, they are making the best of the opportunity,” he continued. “They are doing a wonderful job. It’s teams like this that make the national even such a success.”
Davis said he is thankful for the support of his organization, an organization and concept in which he said he believes whole heartedly.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about what is going on in the veteran community,” Davis said. “I don’t think a lot of people truly understand the issues because they are on the outside looking in. Unlike what many believe, the issue is not Post Traumatic Stress disorder or even because of the impact of war. It’s something that doesn’t cross most people’s minds.”
That thing, Davis said, is the loss of community, which is strong in any branch of the military.
Coming from a life surrounded by like-minded individuals and soldiers who are an extended family and transitioning into the life of a civilian can be tough, according to Davis. This can lead to loneliness, the loss of a sense of purpose and, ultimately, suicide.
During his transition, however, he found a solution.
“I had some buddies who wanted to take me to the gym, so I went,” he said. “That’s where I found companionship and learned to value myself again, to make goals and to go out there and make sure those goals were achieved. After that personal experience, this all started.”
In the beginning, Davis said Lift for the 22 was a Facebook movement intended to inspire veterans across America to join a gym, find fellow veterans and strike up a relationship.
That all changed in November 2015, when Workout Anytime signed the partnership deal.
“I think it’s just great,” Davis said.