2010 NFL Training and Designated Driver Award Winners

TEAM Coalition Announces 2010
Alcohol Management Training and Designated Driver MVPs
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition, jill@teamcoalition.org (703) 647-7431
(Ft. Lauderdale, Fl) TEAM Coalition (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) proudly recognized the 2010 training certification and designated-driver program award winners at the NFL Security Conference June 8-10, 2011.TEAM Coalition is a unique alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. Click for a complete list of TEAM Coalition members.

“We’re especially proud of the breadth of the winners of our training certification awards this season,” said Jill Pepper, TEAM executive director. “To have eight organizations – five teams and three staffing companies – earn training awards is truly remarkable. It is a testament to the NFL’s commitment to employee training and its positive impact on fan behavior.”

In 2010, nearly 20,000 employees from NFL stadiums were TEAM-certified.

2010 TEAM Training Award Winners
Prestigious Achievement
These award winners have made TEAM training a fundamental part of employee training. Of their entire employee roster, at least 90% are certified in TEAM training. On an annual basis, they maintain that commitment to TEAM training by certifying all new employees and recertifying those whose 3-year certification term has expired.

  • Buffalo Bills, 812 employees certified
  • Denver Broncos, 461 employees certified
  • New England Patriots, 1,725 employees certified
  • New Meadowland Stadium, 1,821 employees certified

NFL's Training Award Winners
(l to r) Scott Bliek, Denver Broncos; Chris Voigt, Buffalo Bills; Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition; Mark Briggs, New England Patriots; Ken Jefferson, Georgia Dome; Rob Thompson, Pittsburgh Steelers

Championship Performance
These award winners certified 100% of the employees needed to staff an average game.

  • Argus Event Staffing at Invesco Field at Mile High (home of the Denver Broncos), 223 employees certified
  • Elite, Qualcomm Stadium (home of the San Diego Chargers), 816 employees certified
  • S.A.F.E Mangement at University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the Arizona Cardinals), 392 employees certified

NFL's Training Award Winners
(l to r) Brittany Konvolinka, Argus at Invesco Field at Mile High; Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition; Jim McIntyre, President of S.A.F.E. Management, University of Phoenix Stadium; Kevin Daly on behalf of Elite at Qualcomm Stadium

Excellent Performers
These award winners certified the number of operations employees this season equal to at least 50% of the number of employees needed to staff an average game.

  • Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons), 158 employees certified
  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 191 employees certified
Nearly 172,000 NFL fans pledged to be designated drivers during the 2010 season. That is a 15% increase over the 152,000 designated drivers in 2009. The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Joan McConnell, and the Green Bay Packers, Andrew Muhich, attended Super Bowl XLV as the grand prize winners of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes for designated drivers.NFL's Designated Driver Award Winners
(l to r) Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition; Mark Briggs, New England Patriots; John Cline, Baltimore Ravens; Kevin Daly, San Diego Chargers; Jason Stone, Kansas City Chiefs; Ken Jefferson, Georgia DomeNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “The NFL strongly supports the TEAM program, and we are proud to be a member of the TEAM Coalition.”
2010 Designated Driver Award Winners
Top Five Teams with Most Fans Pledging to be Designated Drivers

  • New England Patriots, 20,440
  • Baltimore Ravens, 14,072
  • San Diego Chargers, 10,721
  • Kansas City Chiefs, 8,511
  • Atlanta Falcons, 8,419