On Monday, Chicago Bears Guard/Center Josh Beekman announced a project to raise awareness surrounding the ever-increasing problem of drunk driving at and around NFL stadiums. “I’m 100% for tailgating and the NFL experience with family, friends and loved ones. I encourage fans across the United States to enjoy the season and support their favorite team but hope this campaign will help remind fans to designate before they drink.”
With pre-game tailgating, festivities and cookouts during the NFL season drunk driving is a common occurrence at stadiums across the United States. It has been widely reported that for the 2009 NFL season the league has recommended that the 32 teams limit tailgating to 3.5 hours before games, and also do a better job of monitoring and enforcing rules against excessive alcohol consumption in stadium parking areas.
Considering the risks and effects associated with drunk driving Beekman started this campaign to reach out directly to NFL fans. Beekman created an exclusive player card in conjunction with the 2009 season which he will autograph and have available for NFL fans at select Community events and via his Official Webpage (www.JoshBeekmanNFL.com). The card states, “Stay in the Game… Designate before you Drink!!!” and will remind tailgaters and fans attending NFL games to designate a driver or arrange alternate means of transportation, whether it be a cab, bus or train to get home safely. “I’m not asking fans to stop enjoying their Sundays, just to designate a driver or make safe arrangements to get to and from the stadium. The last thing I want to see is someone get injured before, during or after watching one of our games.”
Beekman’s agent Calvin Robinson acknowledged, “it is refreshing to work with an athlete that is excited to give back to the NFL community. Josh truly cares about fans not only in Chicago but in general, it’s an honor to represent such a great role model and athlete.”
Although these cards will be available in person, online and at select Bears tailgating events, while supplies last, fans can also receive their autographed card by sending a self addressed and stamped envelope to Calvin Robinson, Esq., c/o Josh Beekman Fan Club, 15500 Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 304, Clearwater, Florida 33760.
Calvin Robinson, Esq.