Evan Pittman today launched an eight-month campaign to raise awareness and funds for programs supporting injured service members through powerlifting and weightlifting. The Lift for Heroes campaign (see link: Lift for Heroes ) will raise money for organizations supporting combat-wounded vets through June 1, 2016, in two different ways:
- Donors can pledge money to encourage and support Evan directly in his goal to become the youngest powerlifter to break 100 world records. Want to donate based on individual world records? Ten cents per record would come out to ten dollars, a quarter per record would be twenty five dollars, etc. Fundraising will last until June 1, 2016, around the same time Evan expects to set powerlifting world record 100, and finish his junior year at Phoenix Country Day School in Arizona. No lifter has ever broken 100 world powerlifting records while in high school or college.
- For donors who would rather set their own personal record, the Lift for Heroes campaign offers the opportunity to join the Lift for Heroes team and individually raise money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Donors can sign up, set a challenging weight room goal for themselves, and ask friends and colleagues to support them by making a donation in their name to help motivate them toward their own PR in weightlifting, powerlifting, crossfit, or fitness training. This is a way for individuals to use their own personal physical improvement goals to raise money and awareness for wounded vets, many of whom are undertaking the long, painful road to physical and mental recovery.
Why should I care?
Evan was raised in a military family; his father, mother, and godmother served in uniform and deployed multiple times during his childhood.
“Both my parents, my aunt, my two older brothers and my grandfather all served overseas in the U.S. military,” Evan says. “My family members were lucky, but unfortunately, many kids have parents who were injured severely in Iraq or Afghanistan. I came up with the idea for Lift for Heroes Campaign to help harness powerlifting for a an important cause — for combat-wounded veterans. If I can help raise awareness for their cause through my record-breaking, I will, and they deserve everything America can provide for them and more,” Evan says.
Interested donors and potential Lift for Heroes team members can register at the link below: http://www.classy.org/LiftForHeroes