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Pro vs GI Joe and USO Announce "Purpose Driven Rehab" Football Fans to Battle Troops During Nationwide NFL Purpose Driven Rehab Tailgating Tour to Stadiums Across the Country: Wounded Veterans to Lead the Charge in Call of Duty®: Black Ops Gaming

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PRLog - Sep. 14, 2011 - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, D.C. -- IRVINE, CA (Sept. 14, 2011) – Pro vs. GI Joe, a non-profit organization that facilitates live on-line video gaming competitions between professional athletes and American troops stationed stateside and overseas, in partnership with the USO and Activision Publishing, Inc., announce its newest military morale-boosting program Purpose Driven Rehab (PDR).  PDR is a military support initiative in which wounded veterans or “Event Lead Warriors” travel in a high-tech amped-up gaming RV to major sporting events across the country.  Several sporting groups and stadiums from the NFL, NBA and MLB have inquired about hosting PDR events throughout 2011 and 2012.  (See partial NFL tailgating tour schedule below).

The idea of PDR was born when the demand for the Pro vs. GI Joe’s customized gaming RV became so high that the founders of the small non-profit, Greg and Addie Zinone, were unable to meet the staffing needs to drive the 45’ trailer cross-country.  Based on years of experience working with wounded veterans, the Zinones recognized that the job of implementing the tailgate gaming events could help veterans in their recovery and transition to civilian society.  PDR plans to work with veteran recruiting agencies to assist them in identifying potential candidates.  

“One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned over the years is that our military men and women, when medically retired from the service can sometimes feel abandoned,” states Greg Zinone. “Our goal through PDR is to show our wounded veterans that even without the military, they’re valuable, skillful, talented, and intelligent individuals who are still needed by Americans.  Purpose Driven Rehab provides them the chance to be among other service members and to interact with the members of the public in a fun and relaxed way.”

PDR works to fit the specific needs of wounded veterans as they continue their rehabilitation and recovery process and allows them to discover their post-injury “purpose.”  In addition, the experience provides them with the opportunity to work with and for their fellow service members, meet with professional athletes and attend high-profile sporting events around the country. A new pair of Event Lead Warriors, who will each receive $1,000 scholarship from the USO, will execute PDR events for each leg of the cross-country tour.

“The USO is excited to expand on the programming we offer to support our nation’s wounded warriors.  This program fits right into our efforts to provide wounded, ill and injured service members with opportunities to explore sustainable careers outside of the military.  What better place for veterans to learn event logistics and execution than at a national sporting event?” said Susan Thomas, Vice President of Programs - Wounded Warriors. “We look forward to a successful season of Purpose Driven Rehab and the impact it will have on the participating wounded, ill and injured troops and veterans.”

Activision Publishing, Inc., a partner of Pro vs. GI Joe since 2008, is putting its full support behind the PDR initiative.  

“We are excited to be a part of the Purpose Driven Rehab initiative and continue to be an enthusiastic supporter of the service Pro vs. GI Joe provides by bringing people together through videogames,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing.

The PDR gaming RV comes fully loaded with 11 high definition televisions, gaming consoles, custom Xzipit game rockers, satellite internet, cable TV and is stocked with video games such as Activision’s incredibly popular Call of Duty®: Black Ops.  The PDR tailgating events include 8-10 gaming stations for tournaments, contests, and giveaways. When applicable, on-line connections with service members deployed overseas, even in combat zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq, will be made possible through USO Centers located around the globe.

Below is a schedule of events as of September 14, 2011.  Pro vs. GI Joe anticipates more events will be added in the coming weeks, so please visit www.provsgijoe.org for updated schedules.

•   Sept 18th: New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears (Superdome)
•   Sept 25th: Cleveland Browns vs Miami Dolphins (Cleveland Browns Stadium)
•   Oct 7th/8th: Army Ten Miler (Pentagon) (Non-NFL event)
•   Oct 30th: Carolina Panthers vs Minnesota Vikings (Bank of America Stadium)
•   Nov 7th: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears (Lincoln Financial Field)
•   Nov 20th: Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Lambeau Field)
•   Nov 27th: Jacksonville Jaguars  vs. Houston Texans (Everbank Field)
•   Dec 4th: Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland (Sun Life Stadium)

For more information on event details and participants, please contact Michelle Shortencarrier at 562-980-2908 or email at michelle@shortencarrier.com.  

About Pro vs. GI Joe
About Pro vs. GI Joe, a private, non-profit organization provides America's heroes with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to participate in live online video game competitions with professional athletes and celebrities via the Internet.  In 2010, the organization launched "Rehabbing with the Troops", a program created exclusively for wounded warriors using the Pro vs. GI Joe model of connecting pros and troops, with the pros serving as the troops' personal trainers as part of their rehabilitation and recovery process. For more information, please visit www.provsgijoe.org. Look us up on Facebook at Pro vs. GI Joe.

About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide.  We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen. For more information, please visit www.uso.org.

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