NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

TEAM Coalition and the National Basketball Association are supporting the designated driver programs at NBA arenas every season with a special incentive called the Responsibility Has Its Rewards (RHIR) sweepstakes. Fans who register to be a designated driver pledge to not drink alcohol, drive their friends and family home safely, and ensure that everyone always buckles up.

At the end of the season, one Designated Driver for the Season from each team is selected. The Designated Drivers for the Season from the teams that compete in The NBA Finals will each receive the Grand Prize of the Sweepstakes. The Grand Prize of the Sweepstakes is two (2) tickets to the first game of The Finals played at the arena of their favorite NBA team.

A first prize for the RHIR sweepstakes is also awarded. The remaining Designated Drivers for the Season whose teams do not compete in The NBA Finals are qualified to win the first prize. The first prize is a trip to the NBA All-Star Game during the next NBA season. That winner will be chosen randomly from the remaining Designated Drivers for the Season. The All-Star Game® trip includes two (2) tickets to the game, round trip airfare, and hotel accommodations (if necessary).

Entrants for the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes were all NBA fans who pledged to be the designated driver for their friends and family at an NBA arena during the regular season. Entry was also available online at www.rhir.org or by mail.

2017 – 2018 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics Nate Gayman
Brooklyn Nets  Frank Barbaro
Charlotte Hornets  Mike Johnathan Smith
Chicago Bulls Maher Mohamed
Cleveland Cavaliers James McCant
Dallas Mavericks  Wainy Richardson
Denver Nuggets  Ricky Price
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors Veronica Thomas
Houston Rockets Charles Colson
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers  Lorena Hernandez
Los Angeles Lakers  Chris Nguyen
Memphis Grizzlies  Steven Shelton
Miami Heat Michael Kottler
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves  Brenda Boline
New Orleans Pelicans  Brenda Leonard
New York Knicks Cheryl Jones
Oklahoma City Thunder Carol Morris
Orlando Magic  Nathan Soto
Philadelphia 76ers  Dennis Nichols
Phoenix Suns Galen Otis
Portland Trail Blazers Rick Geissler
Sacramento Kings  Heidi Alto
San Antonio Spurs  Pete Rozales
Toronto Raptors Kyle Smith
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards  Shirley Harris

2016 – 2017 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics  Garry Dunne
Brooklyn Nets  Ana Palacios
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls Deborah Tolsky
Cleveland Cavaliers Veronica Bem
Dallas Mavericks  Jose Cadena
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons  Tammy Zimmerman
Golden State Warriors Mitchel Mathews
Houston Rockets Alvin Guajardo
Indiana Pacers Eleese Dorsey
Los Angeles Clippers Ephraim Lee
Los Angeles Lakers Ryan Wilson
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat Christina Matus
Milwaukee Bucks Leah Kelly
Minnesota Timberwolves Mary Pettiford
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks Julie Bank
Oklahoma City Thunder Sandra Foster
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns Jared Howell
Portland Trail Blazers  Stephen John Scholz
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs  Jeff Presson
Toronto Raptors Maria Gonzalez
Utah Jazz  Alan Rowley
Washington Wizards  Chantal Jackson

2015 – 2016 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks Jeff Berg
Boston Celtics Theresa Botvin
Brooklyn Nets John Whimple
Charlotte Hornets Robert Ashcraft
Chicago Bulls Kimberly Foster
Cleveland Cavaliers Sandra Still – 2016 NBA Finals winner
Dallas Mavericks Row Hilton
Denver Nuggets Jan Fourman
Detroit Pistons Amber Dimond
Golden State Warriors Elyssa Eldridge – 2016 NBA Finals winner
Houston Rockets John Monroig – 2017 NBA All-Star Game winner
Indiana Pacers Darren Nyce
Los Angeles Clippers Patty Rivera
Los Angeles Lakers Elbert Lee
Memphis Grizzlies Collin Keenan
Miami Heat Robert Vale
Milwaukee Bucks Bob Zingara
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans Monica Linam
New York Knicks Anthony Centola
Oklahoma City Thunder Barabara Yeary
Orlando Magic Julio Martinez
Philadelphia 76ers Greg Rodriguez
Phoenix Suns Robert Wilkie
Portland Trail Blazers Lenore DeLuisa
Sacramento Kings Kintha Speed
San Antonio Spurs Joann Ruiz
Toronto Raptors Gianpaul Granata
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards Chantal Jackson

2014 – 2015 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks  Bradford Best
Boston Celtics  John Solomon
Brooklyn Nets  Dianne Morton
Charlotte Hornets  Joyce Jenkins
Chicago Bulls  Jason Mallon
Cleveland Cavaliers  Venis Tisdale
Dallas Mavericks  Robin Johnson
Denver Nuggets  Patrick Kerns
Detroit Pistons  Mary Schaar
Golden State Warriors  Kenton Mak
Houston Rockets  Ron Brown
Indiana Pacers  Terry Long
Los Angeles Clippers  Michael Berich
Los Angeles Lakers  Vonjin Lipock
Memphis Grizzlies  Lilia Rodriguez
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks  Heather McEwen
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans  Hellena Shear
New York Knicks  Ken Fink
Oklahoma City Thunder  Donna Mattox
Orlando Magic  Laura Barbosa
Philadelphia 76ers  Carrie O’Berry
Phoenix Suns  Kaylin Bennett
Portland Trail Blazers  Jason Dinh
Sacramento Kings  Dick Ficenel
San Antonio Spurs  Thelma Parker
Toronto Raptors  Adam Osmak
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards  Gary Wilhelm

2013 – 2014 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics Jane Bielinda
Brooklyn Nets Mandy Niemiec
Charlotte Bobcats
Chicago Bulls Ron Le Sanche
Cleveland Cavaliers Art Aufmuth
Dallas Mavericks Daphne Salas
Denver Nuggets Renee Vest
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors Evan Stone
Houston Rockets Linda Cooper
Indiana Pacers Angela Braden
Los Angeles Clippers Teri Beckler
Los Angeles Lakers Kim Garcia
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat Gerald Mitkowsky, The Finals 2014 Game 3 Winner
Milwaukee Bucks Julie Schulz
Minnesota Timberwolves Leonard Axelrod
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks Brian Fagen, 2015 NBA All-Star Game Winner
Oklahoma City Thunder Marcus Hall
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers Steve Wharton
Phoenix Suns Linda Souza Thompson
Portland Trail Blazers Mike Schneider
Sacramento Kings Alan Edwards
San Antonio Spurs Jim Corbin, The Finals 2014 Game 1 Winner
Toronto Raptors Omar Shere
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards Chantal Jackson

2012 – 2013 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks Sam Graiser
Boston Celtics John Solomon
Brooklyn Nets Linda Weisenstein
Charlotte Bobcats Karen McClure
Chicago Bulls Sylvia Cortez
Cleveland Cavaliers Jeremy Forestall
Dallas Mavericks Diana Thrash
Denver Nuggets Cheryl McCulley
Detroit Pistons Mary Lou Atkinson
Golden State Warriors Steve Greene
Houston Rockets Oscar Rosse, 2014 NBA All-Star Game Winner
Indiana Pacers Lesley Ziats
Los Angeles Clippers Becky Hall
Los Angeles Lakers Burton Pfeiffer
Memphis Grizzlies Kodjo Wilder
Miami Heat Patricia Hoskin, The Finals 2013 Game 1 Winner
Milwaukee Bucks Amanda Roddy
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Hornets Martha Zimmering
New York Knicks Chris King
Oklahoma City Thunder Linda Jenkins
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers Leah Gluchoff
Phoenix Suns Harold McGuire
Portland Trail Blazers Justin Blackburn
Sacramento Kings Katie Churchill
San Antonio Spurs Ruth Hernandez, The Finals 2013 Game 3 Winner
Toronto Raptors Harrison Milborne
Utah Jazz Michael LeGrand Thorne
Washington Wizards Pat Moore

2011 – 2012 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks Sundra Washington
Boston Celtics Laurie D’Addario
Charlotte Bobcats Steve Epstein
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers Mick Mental
Dallas Mavericks Twila Gass 2013 NBA All-Star Game Winner
Denver Nuggets Michael Diaz
Detroit Pistons Doug Whiting
Golden State Warriors Christine Reyes
Houston Rockets Angela Robbins
Indiana Pacers Sheila Gamble
Los Angeles Clippers Jennifer Clark
Los Angeles Lakers Jose Vergara
Memphis Grizzlies Lon Alperin
Miami Heat Bill Bang NBA Finals Game 3 Winner
Milwaukee Bucks Mike Polidori
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Jersey Nets
New Orleans Hornets
New York Knicks Helen Settles
Oklahoma City Thunder Lena Liles NBA Finals Game 1 Winner
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers Sue Thomas
Phoenix Suns Cynthia Reynolds
Portland Trail Blazers Craig Murphy
Sacramento Kings Denise Westgard
San Antonio Spurs Ed Knight
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz Tom Thachet
Washington Wizards Karen Bloomberg

2010 – 2011 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

Atlanta Hawks Valerie Cummings
Boston Celtics
Charlotte Bobcats Brian Heath
Chicago Bulls Jeff Shamasko
Cleveland Cavaliers Spence Hamilton
Dallas Mavericks Michael Jones NBA Finals Game 3 Winner
Denver Nuggets Denise Crosby
Detroit Pistons Tim Martin
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers Terry Long 2012 NBA All-Star Game Winner
Los Angeles Clippers Teresa Hernandez
Los Angeles Lakers Patricia Zea
Memphis Grizzlies Mike Bradford
Miami Heat Judy Green NBA Finals Game 1 Winner
Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Fritsche
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Jersey Nets
New Orleans Hornets Julie Adams
New York Knicks Charles Wells
Oklahoma City Thunder Jamie Thomas
Orlando Magic Hector Fanas
Philadelphia 76ers Susan Thomas
Phoenix Suns Heidi Hoffer
Portland Trail Blazers Kelly Burns
Sacramento Kings Edmond Lee
San Antonio Spurs Emma Jackson
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards Eric Hall

2009 – 2010 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks Joann Jackson
Boston Celtics William Fonte
Charlotte Bobcats Alton Love
Chicago Bulls Jennifer Johnson
Cleveland Cavaliers Vicky Bem
Dallas Mavericks Thomas Rivera
Denver Nuggets Brittany Vance
Detroit Pistons Paul Falkenberg
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets Glenn Forde
Indiana Pacers Peggy Thompson
Los Angeles Clippers Debra Washington
Los Angeles Lakers Julie Hsu
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat Pamela Gadson
Milwaukee Bucks Walter Schneider IV
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Jersey Nets Bradley Lee
New Orleans Hornets Chimene Connor
New York Knicks Kwanesha Davis
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers Ike Sowden
Phoenix Suns Linda Stubblefield
Portland Trail Blazers Kevin Thompson
Sacramento Kings Andi Rand
San Antonio Spurs Patricia Kress
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards Dave Milligan

2008 – 2009 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics Carol Nasuti
Charlotte Bobcats
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers Sandi Kuritzky
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets Laura Thompson
Detroit Pistons Richard Bua
Golden State Warriors Robb Perin
Houston Rockets Vera Velazquez
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers Linda Holcomb
Los Angeles Lakers Christopher Ford
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat George Depina
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Jersey Nets
New Orleans Hornets
New York Knicks John Perry
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic Kim Williams
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns Sharon Parker
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings Kathi Woodman
San Antonio Spurs Ruby Chittick
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

2007 – 2008 NBA Designated Drivers for the Season

 

Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics Arthur Trundy
Charlotte Bobcats
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers Linda Clark
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets Tanya Alexander
Indiana Pacers Tenya Coy
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers Desi Sandoval
Memphis Grizzlies Janice Warren
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Jersey Nets
New Orleans Hornets
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns Donna May
Portland Trail Blazers Donna Myers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

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