Responsibility Has Its Rewards: Responsible D.C. United Fans Rewarded at Match Versus Philadelphia Union

Responsibility Has Its Rewards:
Responsible D.C. United Fans Rewarded at Match Versus Philadelphia Union
As Major League Soccer’s season draws to a close, D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union faced each other for the third time in this year’s I-95 rivalry. The supporters cheered their side on to a 1-1 draw and also helped D.C. United earn points in the Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge. The great participation from D.C. United fans has the club well on its way to a repeat victory in 2013.D.C. United, Budweiser and TEAM Coalition partnered to promote responsible drinking and traffic safety at RFK Stadium, encouraging fans to become designated drivers.

64 Responsible D.C. United fans made the pledge to be a Good Sport – the designated driver for their group at the match. All the responsible fans had the opportunity to autograph a larger-than-life soccer ball and receive a free souvenir photo.


  • D.C. United
  • Budweiser
  • TEAM Coalition

WHO: Fans and the Community

WHAT: D.C. United, Budweiser and TEAM Coalition invited fans to take the pledge to be responsible soccer fans, which means never driving drunk, always having a designated driver and buckling up – every trip every time. Responsible fans autographed a larger-than-life soccer ball and received a free souvenir photo.

WHERE: RFK Stadium, D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2013

D.C. United:

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 Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, 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 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.

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Anheuser-Busch: 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


  • In 2011, 9,878 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, a decline of 2.5% from the 10,136 fatalities in 2010.
  • 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.