Fans who attended the both the 2015 NCAA® Women’s and Men’s Final Four® were treated to amazing skills on the court. And a record number showed their support for the message of responsibility that TEAM Coalition and NCAA have shared for seven consecutive years.
2,763 fans made the pledge to be responsible at the three-day, outdoor March Madness Music Festival at White River State Park and the four-day indoor Fan Fest presented by Capital One at the Indiana Convention Center in conjunction with the Men’s tournament.
1,324 fans made the same pledge to never drive drunk and always have a designated driver at the Tourney Town™ presented by Capital One in Amalie Arena at the Women’s tournament.
Participating fans made the pledge to be responsible, promising to never drive drunk, always have a designated driver and never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age. Responsible fans autographed a responsibility wall and received a free souvenir photo.
TEAM Up 2 Win! – the national program that encourages NCAA basketball fans to make the responsibility pledge online in advance of the tournaments – saw equally impressive success.
A record 7,231 fans across the country made the pledge. Each had a chance to win one of two grand prizes, a trip for two to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four or a trip for two to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four, provided courtesy of the NCAA.
The Men’s Final Four prize winner was Robert Ciucci. He traveled from Mechanicsville, VA to Indianapolis and received two tickets to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four games on Saturday April 4 and received two tickets to the championship game on Monday, April 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Women’s Final Four prize winner was Kendra Dowen. She traveled from Tallahassee, FL to Tampa and received two tickets to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four games on Sunday, April 5 and received two tickets to the championship game on Tuesday, April 7 at Amalie Arena.
US DOT / NHTSA 2013 NATIONAL DATA:
• In 2013, 10,076 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, a decrease of 2.4% from the 10,322 fatalities in 2012.
• 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.