“When I find a cause, I get dedicated and invested. I found a new cause,” the 42-year-old professional wrestler told Ellen DeGeneres. “The name of the organization is called FitOps. It helps veterans. These are men and women who have served our country after they lose — pretty much lose their path in life, because 20 of these people a day commit suicide. And FitOps wants to take that number down to zero.”
According to FitOps Foundation’s website, the nonprofit, which is powered by Perfomix, trains and certifies veterans as elite personal trainers.
“So when we find a cause we’re passionate about, we say like, ‘Well, how can I help?’ I want to not only be active in this charity, but I want to call you to action to donate. So basically, I’m asking everyone to check outand see what you can do to donate,” John continued on Monday. “The reason I’m asking you to do that is because you’re not going to go it alone. The money you give, I will match. Starting right now up, until Veterans Day, every dollar you give, I will match up to a million bucks.”
After the audience erupted into applause, the actor gave credit to Ellen for inspiring him.
“That is absolutely from you. You are so giving, and so inspiring,” John told the host. “And I found a cause that I’m attached to, so I want to do my part, and I want everybody to help me along the way.”
“I love it, and I love the cause,” Ellen replied. “It’s a great cause. Because we need to take care of people who go away and try to take care of us.”
After the episode aired, John thanked the comedian again.
Thank you @TheEllenShow for allowing me a platform to discuss something close to my heart. The time is NOW, I will match ALL DONATIONS UP TO $1 MILLION to help @Fit_Ops achieve their goal of giving veterans #PurposeThroughFitness.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) September 30, 2019
“Thank you @TheEllenShow for allowing me a platform to discuss something close to my heart. The time is NOW, I will match ALL DONATIONS UP TO $1 MILLION to help @Fit_Ops achieve their goal of giving veterans #PurposeThroughFitness,” he tweeted.