Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC provided a grand finale to the Major League Soccer season at the 2016 MLS Cup™ on Saturday December 10,2016, and two supporters and their guests enjoyed the experience up close as the winners of the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes.
Jen Wisemore from Bothell, WA, the Seattle Sounders FC Designated Driver for the Season and Ian Kane, a supporter from Keswick, ON representing Toronto FC, were randomly selected as the grand prize winners of the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is in its twelfth season, provided by TEAM Coalition with support from Major League Soccer and HEINEKEN USA. It continues to succeed in raising awareness for the designated driver programs offered by MLS clubs.
Both winners and their guests attended the 2016 MLS Cup™ at BMO Field, home of Toronto FC. Before kickoff, they took part in an on-field recognition saluting Wisemore, Kane and the 34,218 other supporters who pledged to be designated drivers at MLS games throughout the 2016 season, ensuring a safe ride home for their friends and family.
US DOT / NHTSA 2015 NATIONAL DATA:
• 10,265 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, an increase of 3.2% from the 9,943 fatalities in 2014.
• Many, if not most of those lives would have been saved if people did not drive when they were impaired by alcohol or if they used sober, designated drivers or if they simply wore their seat belts.
• Statistics and research clearly show that 21-34 year old males are the demographic most likely to be involved in an automobile crash, drive when impaired by alcohol, and fail to buckle up.