Each November, Redskins Salute hosts a Pros vs. GI Joes gaming tournament with military on one of the 47 bases in the area. Greg Zinone works alongside NFL teams across the country to connect players with military around the world.
Founded in 2007 by Zinon and his combat veteran wife Addie, Pro vs GI Joe puts on online and in-person esports competitions between athletes and celebrities, and troops station all over the world. Pro vs GI Joe was the first organization of any kind to bring online gaming to troops in the Middle East. Over the past 11 years, this simple idea has connected thousands of troops to their families their communities and their favorite athletes for truly fun, yet impactful once-in-a-lifetime gaming experiences.
With the success of the PVGIJ gaming initiative Greg used that success to build more successful programs; including Wounded Warrior focused Rehabbing with the Troops, Purpose Driven Rehab and deployed troop focus, the PVGIJ Salute (in-game stadium wide live crowd salutes connected to troops deployed on live on the Jumbo Tron). So the simple concept of PVGIJ grew into its now larger overall organization Joint Forces Initiative.
However, with the gaming space becoming bigger in the pro sports world as well as within the military...JFI refocused all attention to gaming; and now builds bigger PvGIJ events and has just recently formed the first ever military only esports / streaming team, The Vegas Stripes.
More recently, due to the reputation and relationships established from Pro vs GI Joe's success, Greg founded 514 eSports, an ESports strategy and media company for top pro athletes, pro sport teams, celebrities and influencers to find and make their mark in the gaming space; all while using their KLOUT to change the world!
We thank Greg and Joint Forces Initiatives