2011 MLS Training and Designated Driver Award Winners

TEAM Coalition Recognizes 2011 MLS Alcohol Management Training and Designated Driver Champions back
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition, jill@teamcoalition.org (703) 647-7431
KANSAS CITY, MO (01/12/2012) – TEAM Coalition (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) proudly recognized the 2011 training certification and designated-driver program award winners at the 2012 MLS Soccer Operations Seminar on Tuesday January 10, 2012.TEAM Coalition is a unique alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, 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 proud to continue the tradition of recognizing those MLS clubs that have embraced TEAM training and the designated-driver program,” said Jill Pepper, TEAM executive director. “Each year we continue to see more MLS clubs participate in TEAM training and more fans make the pledge to be designated drivers. This growth is a testament to MLS’s commitment to alcohol management and its positive impact on fan behavior.”
2011 TEAM Training Award Winners
In 2011, 40,213 sports and entertainment facility employees became certified in TEAM’s effective alcohol management training program. 1,330 of those employees were Major League Soccer operations employees (ushers, ticket takers, and guest services representatives) and the employees of concessionaire companies and security companies at MLS stadiums.
    • New England Revolution: 497 employees certified
    • Ovations Food Services at PPL Park:189 employees certified
    • Delaware North Companies Sportservice at Red Bull Arena: 251 employees certified
  • Securitas at Red Bull Arena: 389 employees certified
New England Revolution representative Caitlan O’Toolereceives the Championship Performance training award from Jill Pepper of TEAM Coalition.
2011 Designated Driver Award Winners
In 2011, 11,872 MLS fans pledged to be designated drivers. The 2010 Designated Driver for the Season from the New England Revolution – Teresa Wojnowski – attended the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. And the Designated Driver for the Season from the Houston Dynamo – Taleisha Wardattended MLS Cup 2011 at Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, CA.
The Top Three MLS Clubs with the Most Fans Pledging to be Designated Drivers

  • Seattle Sounders FC, 3,411
  • Real Salt Lake, 1,945
  • New England Revolution, 1,311
Caitlan O’Toole from the New England Revolution, James Kraman from the Seattle Sounders andTrino Martinez from Real Salt Lake’s receive their awards for having the most fans pledge to be designated drivers during the 2011 season.