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Students, staff at Lehigh Valley school doing 2.5 million pushups for a strong cause

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - It was an entire day of pushups at Executive Education Academy Charter School on Saturday, each one going toward a very strong cause.​


"It's giant, David Goggins is a giant personality," said Robert Lysek, CEO of Executive Education Academy Charter School.


Students and staff have been working and pushing for the last six months to collectively do 2.5 million pushups, all in an effort to get Goggins to speak at their school.


"They call him the toughest man alive," said Lysek.


This "toughest man alive" is a retired Navy SEAL and an accomplished endurance athlete, completing more than 60 ultra-marathons and triathlons.  Goggins is also a motivational speaker and the author of "Can't Hurt Me."


"There's something in that book that I think everybody can relate to," said Barry Dobil, Board President of Executive Education Academy Charter School.


Which is why administrators at EEA fought persistently for two years to get Goggins to speak to at their school.


"I think when our kids hear him speak and understand some of the troubles he had in his life when he was their age, they'll be able to relate and transition really well into their own growth and development," said Dobil.


In "Can't Hurt Me" Goggins details his tough childhood, filled with poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse and how he overcame that adversity both physically and mentally.


"Him delivering that mental toughness, I think it's really important that our students hear that," said Lysek.


Through sponsors, the school raised enough money for Goggins not only to speak to the kids but to also stay for a community book signing open to the public on March 21st.  The catch...2.5 million push ups.


"You walk up and down the halls during the day; it's pretty cool to see the kids knocking out push ups it's part of their everyday routine," said Dobil. 


Just like Goggins pushed through his obstacles, this community is pushing up -- and down -- to make sure the 'toughest man alive' knows how tough they are.


"It's just awesome to bring him to Allentown, it's great for our community," said Lysek.​

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