Coach Mattera Leading Jumbos in 22 Push-up Challenge for Veteran's Suicide Prevention

Watch Tufts coaches Tina Mattera and Casey D'Annolfo
participate in the #22pushupchallenge:

MEDFORD - Tufts University field hockey coach Tina Mattera is in the midst of completing  the "22 Day, 22 Push-up Challenge" to raise awareness about veteran's suicide. She is also getting other Jumbo leaders involved.

"Studies show that we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide, and the hope is this small act shows them support and that they are never alone," Mattera posted on her Facebook page. "We must continue to address the stigma surrounding mental health and proactively remove any guilt, shame, or resistance which stands in the way to seeking care. This is our call to action."

Mattera was originally nominated for the challenge by her sister-in-law Summer Mattera. She has since spurred the involvement of her own friends and family including Tufts football coach Jay Civetti, Tufts men's lacrosse coach Casey D'Annolfo and other Jumbo staff members.

Once a person is nominated, their challenge starts the following day. For 22 straight days you record yourself doing 22 push-ups. Also, every day the person must nominate someone else to take on the challenge.

"Do them in any way you can," Mattera wrote. "Effort is what counts, not form. This is a simple and interactive way to get the word out about a matter that we must continue to shed light on."

Veterans in need of help can call the Confidential Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (select option 1),  text 838255 or visit the Military One Source website at https:/www.militaryonesource.mil.

"These brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and we must show them there's a better way," Mattera wrote. "After all, love is the biggest weapon we have against this."

The #22PushupChallenge was started in 2016 by the veteran empowerment group Honor Courage Commitment.