The 2018 Major League Soccer season ended with a thrilling MLS Cup™ in front of a record-setting crowd on December 8, 2018. Atlanta United FC and Portland Timbers squared off to crown a champion at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. One lucky Atlanta supporter joined that crowd to see her favorite club play as the winner of TEAM Coalition’s “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes.
Mary Louise Thelwell from Lithonia, GA, was randomly selected as the Atlanta United FC Designated Driver for the Season. She was selected as the grand prize winner of the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes when AUFC won their way to host the 2018 MLS Cup™. The sweepstakes is in its fourteenth 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.
Ms. Thelwell and her guest attended the 2018 MLS Cup™ at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of Atlanta United FC. She was one of over 44,000 supporters who pledged to be designated drivers at MLS games throughout the 2018 season, ensuring a safe ride home for their friends and family.
US DOT / NHTSA 2017 NATIONAL DATA:
• In 2017, 10,874 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, a decrease of 1.1% from the 10,996 fatalities in 2016.
• 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