Major League Soccer (MLS) and TEAM Coalition encouraged supporters to be responsible while attending the 2019 MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL. The Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes winner had the ultimate MLS supporter experience.
Responsibility Has Its Rewards is a league-wide sweepstakes that rewards one randomly-selected supporter who pledged to be a designated driver during the previous season with a trip to the MLS All-Star Game. This year’s winner is John Fitzsimmons, a responsible Colorado Rapids supporter who attended the MLS All-Star Game with his wife, Aimee Fitzsimmons.
John served as the representative of the nearly 50,000 MLS supporters who pledged to be responsible at during the 2018 season.
MLS clubs promote responsible drinking among soccer supporters by implementing designated driver and responsible fan programs at their stadiums throughout the season. In addition, many MLS stadiums conduct training for their employees in effective alcohol management.
US DOT / NHTSA 2018 NATIONAL DATA:
• In 2018, 10,511 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, an decrease of 3.6% from the 10,908 fatalities in 2017.
• 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.