In partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project and the USO, and sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance, Pro vs. GI Joe created Rehabbing with the Troops using our concept of connecting pros and troops through video games. But instead of playing Guitar Hero and/or Call of Duty, we’re focusing solely on wounded warriors and fun, yet intense workouts on the Wii console with professional athletes acting as our warriors’ ‘trainers’. Season 1’s pro trainers are the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.
RWTT’s goal is simple: to create a virtual community, called the Wounded Warrior Arena, in which our warriors can find common ground and a mutual understanding while simultaneously working on both their physical rehabilitation and emotional well-being. The workouts are designed to not only improve their overall physical health but to also provide an environment where they’re surrounded by troops from all branches of service, from all over the country, who have experienced or are experiencing the same things. Despite suffering PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations and more, our warriors are excited about their involvement in RWTT and are looking forward to this journey.
“I just want to say that I am very happy to be able to participate in this Rehabbing With The Troops Season 1 program, I have gotten so motivated about this that my wife is happy. I was told by her that this is the most motivation she has gotten out of me in 6 years,” participant Felix Garcia had to say about his RWTT experience.
RWTT Season 1 officially launched June 10th with a big kickoff event at the Wounded Warrior Project headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. Connected via live webcam feed, several New Orleans Saints worked out simultaneously from their training facility in Louisiana. There was a lot of trash talking and joking around, but both the troops and the pros worked up a good sweat and had a great time.
We encourage others to get involved and follow the warriors’ progress on the Wounded Warrior Arena as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Each warrior will continually upload pictures, videos, blogs and workout results. You are also welcome to take the Warrior Challenge and experience RWTT for yourselves! The more fans and supporters our warriors have, the better it is for their recovery and rehabilitation efforts.
As always, thank you for supporting Pro vs. GI Joe as we continue to “do a little for those who do a lot”.