|ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 4 – As NBA fans all over the country and across the world anticipate Game One of The NBA Finals 2014 this week, the two winners of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards™ sweepstakes will have the experience of a lifetime thanks to Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition and Hillard Heintze, one of the leading private strategic security advisory and management companies in the United States.
Jim Corbin and Gerald Mitkowsky were selected as the grand prize winners of the sweepstakes, and their eligibility was confirmed by Hillard Heintze. Jim Corbin, a San Antonio Spurs fan from Santa Fe, New Mexico and a guest will attend Game One at AT&T Center. Gerald Mitkowsky, a Miami Heat fan from Miami, Florida and a guest will attend Game Three at AmericanAirlines Arena. The thirty NBA teams randomly chose one fan from the NBA fans who pledged to be designated drivers at regular season home games as their Designated Driver for the Season. These thirty fans became finalists in the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes. The grand prize winners of the sweepstakes are the Designated Drivers for the Season representing the two NBA teams competing in the NBA Finals. This season nearly 65,000 fans pledged to be designated drivers at NBA games.
For the seventh consecutive season, the NBA and TEAM Coalition have joined together to make more fans aware of the NBA teams’ designated driver programs. The designated driver programs and the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes promote traffic safety by encouraging responsible drinking and positive fan behavior.
“This promotion is an opportunity for the NBA to show support for each team’s efforts in coordination with beer companies and concessionaires to encourage responsible fan behavior,” said Jill Pepper, Executive Director, TEAM Coalition. “For fans, it’s a great reminder that responsibility really does have its rewards.”
As the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat Designated Drivers for the Season, each sweepstakes winner receives two tickets to an NBA Finals Game and will meet league and NBA team officials.
“The NBA and TEAM Coalition are doing a terrific job,” said Arnette Heintze, CEO of Hillard Heintze, “and we are thrilled to provide our service to TEAM Coalition. We are deeply committed to keeping fans and their families and other commuters on our roads safe.” Hillard Heintze conducts the background checks for the winners using the advanced technology and services of S2Verify, LLC, one of the fastest growing companies in the employee screening market and the leading screening industry process innovator.
About Hillard Heintze
Hillard Heintze is one of the leading investigation and security risk management firms in the United States. We help organizations and senior leaders protect their people, performance, interests and reputations. We do this by delivering investigative, security and law enforcement advisory services worldwide that provide insight, deliver assurance and instill confidence.
To protect what matters most, we believe that immediate access to trusted counsel, critical insights and the full scope of information vital to strategic decision making is absolutely essential. And we view our role as a trusted advisor as a noble and honorable pursuit. This is our purpose. It’s who we are. It’s why our clients trust us.
Headquartered in Chicago, Hillard Heintze also has operations in Washington D.C., Miami, San Jose and Virginia Beach, as well as operating capabilities across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Asia.
For more information, go to www.hillardheintze.com
About TEAM Coalition
TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, traffic safety experts and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM Coalition members and supporters include National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, 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 Companies, 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.
For more information, go to www.teamcoalition.org, www.RHIR.org, www.FansDontLetFansDriveDrunk.org