On September 11, the One Tribe Foundation will host its 6th Annual 22Kill Ride 2021 fundraiser to help support and fund #22Kill. The purpose of 22Kill is to restore the value of life by empowering veterans, first responders, and their families.
It’s not only the 20th Anniversary of the days impacted by 9/11, but it’s the 6th anniversary of raising awareness of the 22 lives lost by suicide impacted by 9/11.
Annual 22Kill Ride 2021 Includes a Party
Location: Maverick Harley-Davidson, Carrollton, TX
Registration is from 10 am – 12 pm. $25 per rider and $10 per passenger.
Kickstands Up: 1 pm (the ride will last about one hour)
The party runs from 2 to 5 pm and includes live music, a live DJ, vendors, wine garden, beer garden, cocktails and food trucks all afternoon.
History of 22Kill
In 2012, the Veterans’ Administration (VA) released a Suicide Data Report that found an average of 22 veterans die by suicide every day. The 22Kill initiative started in 2013, at first just as a social media movement to raise awareness, and later became an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in July of 2015.
In 2016, as their push-up initiative (later known as the #22pushupchallenge) swept social media, 22Kill began its transformation from awareness to suicide prevention. By the end of that year, the viral campaign, and the fundraising that accompanied it, allowed 22Kill to donate over half a million dollars to sponsor other veteran service organizations.
In 2017, 22Kill began to acquire and develop traditional and non-traditional mental wellness programs, and now offers a myriad of services through Stay The Course, Tribal Council, Forge, Wind Therapy, WATCH, and White Star Families.
Annual 22Kill Ride 2021 Helps One Tribe Foundation Empower & Engage Veterans
One of the biggest challenges veterans and first responders face is finding a sense of purpose after service. 22Kill has built a vast network of organizations and resources across the country, and whether through its own programs, or through external sources, veterans, first responders, and family members can find services for mental wellness and empowerment programs to help them find or rediscover that sense of purpose.
The other side of this is engagement. Oftentimes, one may come to realize that all they really needed was the brotherhood and camaraderie that may have been absent from their lives since leaving service. The 22Kill “Tribe” allows service members to connect with like-minded individuals and gives them the opportunity to get involved with community events and projects and be a part of something great.
Lead image courtesy One Tribe Foundation/22Kill