The 67th NBA All-Star Game on February 18, 2018 brought the incredible skills of the league’s best players together for an unforgettable night. For Nathan Soto, the Orlando Magic Designated Driver for the Season, his trip to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA were the result of being the first prize winner of the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes for designated drivers. Soto, a resident of Kissimmee, FL, was named “Designated Driver for the Season” for the Magic. All 30 NBA teams selected a Designated Driver for the Season. Mr. Soto was the lucky one randomly selected to represent the more than 68,000 responsible NBA fans who pledged to be designated drivers last season.
Throughout the three days of All-Star festivities 633 NBA fans pledged to be Good Sports by drinking responsibly and always having a designated driver. All who participated signed the responsibility wall and smiled for a souvenir photo. Fans shared their digital photos and the responsibility message by posting photos on Facebook and Twitter. The 255 photos taken during the All-Star weekend were viewed a total of 1,288 times, an average of 5 views per photo.
The “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes grand prize winners from the 2016-2017 NBA season were Veronica Bem and Mitchell Mathews. Mathews was named “Designated Driver for the Season” for the Golden State Warriors and Bem was selected to represent the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mathews attended Game one of The Finals 2017 and Bem attended Game 3. Good Sports pledge to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.
The top five NBA teams for designated drivers at the end of the 2016-2017 season were:
- Dallas Mavericks with 10,189 designated drivers
- Oklahoma City Thunder with 9,556 designated drivers
- Houston Rockets with 7,617 designated drivers
- Charlotte Hornets with 7,494 designated drivers
- Milwaukee Bucks with 5,095 designated drivers
US DOT / NHTSA 2016 NATIONAL DATA:
• In 2016, 10,497 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, an increase of 1.7% from the 10,265 fatalities in 2015.
• 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.