NFL 2011 Alcohol Management Training and Designated Driver MVPs Announced

06/12/2012
TEAM Coalition Announces 2011
Alcohol Management Training and Designated Driver MVPs
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition, jill@teamcoalition.org (703) 647-7431
ORLANDO, FL. (06/12/2012) – TEAM Coalition (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) proudly recognized the 2011 training certification and designated-driver program award winners at the NFL Security Conference June 6-8, 2012.TEAM Coalition is a unique alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. Click for a complete list of TEAM Coalition members.“We’re especially proud of the breadth of the winners of our training certification awards this season,” said Jill Pepper, TEAM executive director. “To have eight organizations – eight teams, two facilities and four staffing companies – earn training awards is truly remarkable. It is a testament to the NFL’s commitment to employee training and its positive impact on fan behavior.”In 2011, nearly 18,000 employees from NFL stadiums were TEAM-certified.
2011 TEAM Training Award Winners
Prestigious Achievement
These award winners have made TEAM training a fundamental part of employee training. Of their entire employee roster, at least 90% are certified in TEAM training. On an annual basis, they maintain that commitment to TEAM training by certifying all new employees and recertifying those whose 3-year certification term has expired.

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Denver Broncos
  • MetLife Stadium
  • New England Patriots
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL's Training Award Winners
(l to r) Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition; Rob Thompson, Pittsburgh Steelers; Bill Squires, MetLife Stadium; Bob Laskowski, Chicago Bears; Jared Devine, Denver Broncos; Kelly Way, New England Patriots; Andy Major, Buffalo Bills; Paul Turner, Dallas Cowboys; Ted Dickerson, Houston Texans; Leonard Bonacci, Philadelphia Eagles; Erik Waldman, Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons)

Championship Performance
These award winners certified 100% of the employees needed to staff an average game.

  • Contemporary Services Corporation, Ralph Wilson Stadium (home of the Buffalo Bills)
  • Elite, Qualcomm Stadium (home of the San Diego Chargers)
  • S.A.F.E Management at University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the Arizona Cardinals)

NFL's Training Award Winners
(l to r) Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition; Jon Seibt, S.A.F.E. Management at University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the Arizona Cardinals); Matt Collin, Argus at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (home of the Denver Broncos); Gus Kontopuls, Elite at Qualcomm Stadium (home of the San Diego Chargers); Tim Schmitt, Contemporary Services Corporation at Ralph Wilson Stadium (home of the Buffalo Bills)

Excellent Performers
These award winners certified the number of operations employees this season equal to at least 50% of the number of employees needed to staff an average game.

  • Argus Event Staffing at Invesco Field at Mile High (home of the Denver Broncos)
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Chicago Bears
  • Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons)
  • Houston Texans
More than 220,000 NFL fans pledged to be designated drivers during the 2011 season. That is a 28% increase over the 172,000 designated drivers in 2010. The Designated Drivers for the Season from the New York Giants, Thomas Walsh, and the New England Patriots, Scott Osterman, attended Super Bowl XLVI as the grand prize winners of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes for designated drivers.NFL's Designated Driver Award Winners
(l to r) Chris Bloyer, Washington Redskins; Gus Kontopuls, Elite (for San Diego Chargers); Kelly Way, New England Patriots; Jayne Martin, Kansas City Chiefs; John Cline, Baltimore Ravens; Jill Pepper, TEAM CoalitionNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “The NFL strongly supports the TEAM program, and we are proud to be a member of the TEAM Coalition.”
2011 Designated Driver Award Winners
Top Five Teams with Most Fans Pledging to be Designated Drivers

  • New England Patriots, 23,580
  • Baltimore Ravens, 15,283
  • Washington Redskins, 12,167
  • San Diego Chargers, 11,552
  • Kansas City Chiefs, 10,961
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