Rehabbing with the Troops: Wounded Warrior Arena Wraps Season 1!

Season 1 of the 10-week rehabilitation program culminated with the final workout and a trip to the New Orleans Saints’ preseason home opening game at the Louisiana Superdome, where the warriors were honored with an on-field tribute from the Saints prior to the game and had the opportunity to meet Saints players after watching the pre-game warm-up. (Photo courtesy RWTT Facebook page)

A few months back we introduced to you Rehabbing with the Troops: Wounded Warrior Arena, a groundbreaking program from our friends at Pro vs. GI Joe.  The goal of RWTT is to create a virtual community, called the Wounded Warrior Arena, in which warriors find common ground and build mutual understanding as they improve both their physical rehabilitation and emotional well-being.

But if you think this is just another day in front of the TV, think again! Professional athletes serve as “trainers” for intense workouts on Wii; Season 1′s pro trainers are the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.  This year’s first Season ran from June 10th to August 21st, with each warrior being required to complete a minimum of two workouts per week for 10 weeks.  You catch watch a video below that show a recap of the last workout!

Twenty-one wounded warriors—including Army veteran J. R. Martinez, actor in Emmy-Award-winning drama “All My Children”—gathered at the New Orleans Marriott on August 21 to perform the last workout of Rehabbing with the Troops’ inaugural season. (Photo courtesy of RWTT Facebook page)

“I get up every day, and Rehabbing with the Troops is my job,” said wounded warrior and Air Force veteran Wayne “Tom” Marcum, in a tearful description of how the program has affected his life. “It’s given me a chance to rebuild my life, learn how to communicate again with my wife and sons, and become friends with warriors who face the same struggles that I do.”

Even though Season 1 has ended, that community of support will continue for many of the participants, including Marcum, who will return as a coach for Season Two, which launches on Veteran’s Day.  This time the warriors will match up with the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins.  We’ll follow along and bring you the exciting conclusion at the Armed Forces Bowl on December 30!

Pro vs. GI Joe created Rehabbing with the Troops in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project and the USO; RWTT is sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance.

Rehabbing with the Troops: The Wounded Warrior Arena

A message from Addie and Greg Zinone, Co-founders of Pro vs. GI Joe:

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.

The wounded warriors are ready to go at the RWTT kick-off with the New Orleans Saints!

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”.

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