About Us

The Game Gym shifts the focus from online play back to live play. We combine the social and competitive aspects of the old school arcade with the coaching and structure of traditional sports.

Whether you want to play casually or compete, there is a place in our Gym for you. For Gym Members, we have supervised practice areas with coaches ready to help. We think of our gamers holistically, so we offer tutoring services in a variety of academic subjects and feature presentations by industry professionals on hot topic issues such as cyberbullying, video game addiction, health & nutrition, and careers in the gaming industry.

Although our focus will be preparing for the competitions, we are not concerned with winning or losing. Our focus is on working towards goals, gaming responsibly, and having a blast with our friends.

OUR TEAM

Josh Hafkin
Founder and CEO
@ExtraBarbecue

Hi, I’m Josh Hafkin and I am the founder and CEO of Game Gym. I wear many hats and spend my days pushing Game Gym to be the best youth esports program in the world. I love helping kids find confidence in themselves and supporting our local esports community.

Evan Shubin
Chief Operating Officer
@watchfulparent

Evan Shubin here, I’m COO of Game Gym.  As the parent of two teenage boys (both of whom are Game Gym enthusiasts), I was forced to accept esports at a late age, but now I’ve got religion! I love Josh’s vision for a healthy approach to esports, and I’m excited by the way we’re expanding our programs to help parents and kids make the most out of gaming.

Michele Shubin
Vice President of Operations
@mshubin

I’m excited to be part of the Game Gym family! Yes, Evan Shubin is my husband and we have been able to successfully work together for the last 10+ years. We both have supported our two sons playing online games for 7+ years. We encouraged them to achieve a balanced set of activities. Of course, esports was one of them. I’m looking forward to helping parents understand the healthy approach to esports!

Adina Lowenstein
Program Director
@adinalowenstein

I’m a passionate educator who loves helping young people exercise their creativity. I connect with coaches to make sure everyone has a successful learning experience. I’m eager to help out the Game Gym squad with organization and curriculum structure. It’s awesome to witness such incredible enthusiasm for esports and I’m proud to be a part of the team!

Ian Beall

Social Media Manager
@heyitsmeianb

I’m Ian and I run social media for Game Gym! I’m extremely fortunate to be the social voice of the Game Gym because I enjoy engaging with others and building relationships within the esports community on behalf of the Gym. Previously, I’ve been fortunate to compete competitively in Call of Duty on a global level with friends made in person and through online competition. I believe in what we’re doing here for youth gamers in the DMV area, and what we provide to the competitive scene and online gaming at large.

Dominic Schroeder
Venue Manager
@TheDominator

I have been playing video games since I was 2 years old, and have had such a passion for this industry since. My role is to ensure the Game Gym venue is running at 100 percent everyday, and assist in setting up & breaking down of various events we hold and assist with fielding competitive teams in esports!

Adam King
Smash Head Tournament Organizer
@Bonz

Hello, I’m Adam! I’ve been an esports competitor and community member since 2012, when I competed for a top level team in Battlefield 3. In 2014, I returned to the first competitive series I played as a kid, Super Smash Bros, immediately upon learning of the avid local scene and premier weekly tournament at Xanadu. Over time, I moved further away from competing in Smash, but my love for the community prompted me to join up with Game Gym. At Game Gym, I launched the FLEX Tournament Series which built up an entirely new Smash scene, establishing myself as a leading tournament organizer inside the region. What I love most about Game Gym is its focus on improving young gamers’ mentality and social skills through healthy competition.

Johnny Weaver
Online Tournament Organizer
@Icychiller

Hi there! My name is Johnny Ryan Weaver. I’ve been involved with esports and different cons since 1992. Competed on the Halo Circuits from 2002 to 2015. Plus, I’ve hosted my own events and have been an Official Tournament Admin for MLG, UGC, Okgamers.com, DreamHack, SxSW, GamersOutreach, Extralife, Gamestop, Tokyointulsa, and more since 2001. I’m currently involved with the k-12 esports programs around Oklahoma and am an esports contractor for Oklahoma City University. I also work with the Oklahoma City Thunder for upcoming esports and gaming events. I have over 1500+ events under my belt and almost 18 years of experience. My motto is for the gamer, by the gamer!

Maya Kushner
Executive Advisor
@RheaSylvia

Hi, I’m Maya! I’m an attorney and I have been working in downtown DC for the past four years. I have twelve plus years of tutoring experience, teaching Calculus, Statistics, Accounting, and Economics, among other subjects. I taught myself how to code, and now I have been volunteering as a Python (coding language) instructor for two years and counting. I discovered League of Legends while I was in law school, and it has been my favorite game ever since. Outside of work and gaming, my interests include traveling, reading, baking, and trying new teas. As a League of Legends coach, I would like to instill in my gamers the importance of critical thinking; I will teach them the fundamental mechanics and basic tactics of the game, but will also encourage them to develop and test their own strategies. I think what sets The Game Gym apart is its mission to train young gamers while also teaching them important life skills, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of it!