Nashville community completes more than 32k pushups to support education

On April 1, Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN) raised over $22,000 during its inaugural Nashville Pushup Challenge fundraiser. The funds will go toward dropout prevention strategies for at-risk Nashville students.

The 11 adult teams and 10 student teams completed 32,387 pushups during the respective 30-minute competitions. The top student team was the KIPP Academy Nashville’s eighth-grade girls with 1,400 pushups, and the overall winner in the adult open was Vanderbilt NROTC’s Team Bravo with 3,353 pushups.

“Through the support of our generous sponsors, teams and the community, we will be able to continue CISTN’s important work in seven Nashville schools,” said Amanda Madonia, CISTN director of Resource Development. “Our goal is that this event becomes CISTN’s signature fundraiser and is replicated throughout our statewide network.”

CISTN is the leading and most effective dropout-prevention organization in America. The organization works to remove the nonacademic barriers that prevent student success in the classroom. In partnership with local school districts, CISTN provides daily school-based interventions to students in grades K–12 to address academic failure, truancy, behavioral issues, social service needs and more.

The event was sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, Cigna, Kraft CPAs, Morris, HCA/TriStar Health, Beech Construction Supplies, Chase Construction, MP&F Public Relations, and Minuteman Press.