NBA RHIR Grand Prize Winners

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.

The Finals 2018

Golden State Warriors – Veronica Thomas

Cleveland Cavaliers – James McCants

 

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Cleveland Cavaliers – James McCants – and the Golden State Warriors –Veronica Thomas, the two teams competing in The Finals 2018®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team.

 

The Finals 2017

Golden State Warriors – Mitch Mathews

Cleveland Cavaliers – Veronic Bem

 

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Cleveland Cavaliers – Veronica Bem – and the Golden State Warriors –Mitch Mathews, the two teams competing in The Finals 2017®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team.

 

The Finals 2016

Golden State Warriors – Elyssa Eldridge

Cleveland Cavaliers – Sandra Still

 

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Cleveland Cavaliers – Sandra Still – and the Golden State Warriors –Elyssa Eldridge, the two teams competing in The Finals 2016®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team.

 

(l to r: Jerome Pickett, NBA Senior Vice President of Security and Chief Security Officer; Alex Ozenberger, TEAM Coalition Event Manager; Elyssa Eldridge, Golden State Warriors Designated Driver for the Season; Abeer Klosk, NBA Senior Analyst

The Finals 2015

Golden State Warriors – Kenton Mak

Cleveland Cavaliers – Ken Smith

 

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Cleveland Cavaliers – Ken Smith – and the Golden State Warriors – Kenton Mak, the two teams competing in The Finals 2015®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team. 

Golden State Warriors Designated Driver for the Season recognized at The Finals 2015 Game 1

The Finals 2014

San Antonio Spurs – Jim Corbin

Miami Heat – Gerald Mitkowsky

 

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Miami Heat – Gerald Mitkowsky – and the San Antonio Spurs – Jim Corbin, the two teams competing in The Finals 2014®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team. 

Western Conference Champions San Antonio Spurs Jim Corbin
Eastern Conference Champions Miami Heat Gerald Mitkowsky

The Finals 2013

Miami Heat – Patricia Hoskin

San Antonio Spurs – Ruth Hernandez

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Miami Heat – Patricia Hoskin – and the San Antonio Spurs –Ruth Hernandez, the two teams competing in The Finals 2013®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team.

 

Western Conference Champions San Antonio Spurs Ruth Hernandez
Eastern Conference Champions Miami Heat Patricia Hoskin

The Finals 2012

Miami Heat – Bill Bang

Oklahoma City Thunder – Lena Liles

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Miami Heat – Bill Bang – and the Oklahoma City Thunder – Lena Liles, the two teams competing in The Finals 2012®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team.

 

Western Conference Champions Oklahoma City Thunder Lena Liles

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Eastern Conference Champions Miami Heat Bill Bang

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The Finals 2011

Miami Heat – Judy Green

Dallas Mavericks – Michael Jones

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Miami Heat – Judy Green – and the Dallas Mavericks – Michael Jones, the two teams competing in The Finals 2011®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team.

 

Western Conference Champions Dallas Mavericks Michael Jones

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Eastern Conference Champions Miami Heat Judy Green

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The Finals 2010

Boston Celtics – Bill Fonte

Los Angeles Lakers – Julie Hsu

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Boston Celtics – Bill Fonte – and the Los Angeles Lakers – Julie Hsu, the two teams competing in The Finals 2010®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team.

 

Western Conference Champions Los Angeles Lakers Julie Hsu

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Eastern Conference Champions Boston Celtics Bill Fonte

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The Finals 2009

Orlando Magic – Kim Williams

Los Angeles Lakers – Chris Ford

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Orlando Magic – Kim Williams – and the Los Angeles Lakers – Chris Ford, the two teams competing in The Finals 2009®, each received two (2) tickets to the first home game played in the arena of their favorite team.

The Finals 2008

Boston Celtics – Arthur Trundy

Los Angeles Lakers – Desi Sandoval

The Designated Drivers for the Season from the Boston Celtics – Arthur Trundy – and the Los Angeles Lakers – Desi Sandoval, the two teams competing in The Finals 2008®, each received a trip for two (2) to the 2009 All-Star Game in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Western Conference Champions Los Angeles Lakers Desi Sandoval

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Eastern Conference Champions Boston Celtics Arthur Trundy

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