|WASHINGTON, D.C. (03/19/2013) – D.C. United was recognized at a luncheon today for winning the Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge. with the Philadelphia Union. Representatives from D.C. United, Capital Eagle, Inc., Centerplate and TEAM Coalition gathered for the celebration.The Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge tracked the number of fans who pledged to be designated drivers at all the 2012 regular season home games for both teams. Each fan who pledged to be a designated driver at RFK Stadium earned D.C. United three points in the challenge. D.C. United outscored the Philadelphia Union 4,926 points to 2,025 points.
Click here to see the final standings in the Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge.
(left to right) Allison Law, Program Associate for TEAM Coalition; Morgan Holleran, Event Manager for TEAM Coalition; Jason Amaguana, Director of Operations for D.C. United; Bobby Dichiaro, Director of Sports Operations for Centerplate; Molly McManamon, Operations Coordinator for D.C. United; Kevin Donovan, Manager of Operations for D.C. United; Aprile Pritchet, Director of Community Relations for D.C. United; Keith Chmiel, Vice President of Sales for Capital Eagle, Inc.; Jill Pepper, Executive Director for TEAM Coalition
D.C. United, RFK Stadium, Capital Eagle, Inc, Budweiser and Centerplate have been working together successfully to offer fans the Budweiser Good Sport designated driver program for many seasons. In 2012 the partnership increased designated driver totals by more than 400 fans relative to the prior season. Overall, D.C. United finished the season in fifth place in comparison to the rest of MLS.
“We’re pleased to work with D.C. United, TEAM Coalition and the other program partners to recognize fans who look out for each other and make a designated driver part of their game plan,” said Kathy Casso, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “When it comes to preventing drunk driving, we’re all part of the team.”
“Teamwork is exactly what this organization is all about,” said Jill Pepper, executive director of TEAM Coalition. “Through the Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge, we are demonstrating that when everyone – including the fans – takes responsibility, everyone wins.”
The designated driver program is just one component of the fan behavior initiatives offered by D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Other components include:
- Alcohol cut-off at the 80 minute mark of the game
- Alcohol service policies including no more than two alcoholic beverages per person per transaction
About TEAM Coalition
TEAM Coalition is an 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. TEAM’s members and supporters include Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, ARAMARK, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Ovations Food Services, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, Elite, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. www.TEAMCoalition.org.
For three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its nationwide network of wholesalers have invested more than $930 million in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to promote responsible drinking, prevent underage drinking and drunk driving and address college issues. For more information on these alcohol responsibility efforts and the progress being made, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.