Five soldiers stationed in Baghdad played Madden NFL 09 against linebacker Stewart Bradley and tight end Brent Celek in the first Pro vs. GI Joe competition in the NFL with the soldiers families in attendance at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday night.
The soldiers from the United States Army's 10th Mountain Division played the game through XBox Live, a video game system allowing players to compete over an Internet connection.
The families of Private First Class Justin Gindhart of Philadelphia; Specialist Steven Moore of Mahaffey, PA; Specialist Joel Dolliver of Londonderry, NH; Private First Class Jeff Holt of Coleman, MI and Private First Class Marcus Peden of St. Louis, MO were able to connect with these deployed soldiers through SightSpeed, and online video conference service.
Pro vs. GI Joe is a non-profit organization that works to connect professional athletes, troops and their families through video game competitions and the Internet. Working with the USO, Pro vs. GI Joe transports the soldiers' families to the gaming venue from around the country so that they may reconnect via web cam with their loved ones overseas.
For more information about Pro vs. GI Joe, please visit ProsVsGIJoes.com.