STOP-DWI Teams with World Youth Classic

     BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala and BC STOP-DWI Coordinator Jim May announced on Friday, April 21st, that the STOP-DWI program will become the title sponsor of the World Youth Baseball Classic. The tournament which showcases American Legion Baseball talent from our area and throughout the United States will take place this year for the first time under the STOP-DWI umbrella. This year’s tournament runs July 4th-July 9th.

Following in the footsteps of the Chris Thater Memorial and the Stop-DWI Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament, the STOP-DWI World Youth Classic will provide the STOP-DWI program another major local outlet in which to reach young people.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to present the STOP-DWI World Youth Classic under the banner of the Broome County STOP-DWI program,” said Jim Gleason, World Youth Classic Board President. “This tournament which has been a successful sporting event for 25 years in this community is now going to be taken to a higher level and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

“We know the value of reaching our young people through sports and when presented with the opportunity to incorporate this tournament with the likes of Chris Thater Memorial and the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic, it was very easy for me to say yes,” said Jim May, STOP-DWI Coordinator. “Many of the sponsors, partners and volunteers from our basketball tournament and Chris Thater have already signed on to assist us with the STOP-DWI World Youth Classic.”

“Jim May and his staff do such a wonderful job with the two other sporting events in our community and they also do a tremendous job with their year round outreach efforts,” said Executive Fiala. “I think it’s a perfect partnership and Broome County is excited to play such an important role in the future of this tournament.”

Teams from Binghamton, Johnson City, Maine Endwell and Vestal will compete against teams from throughout the United States as well as Canada and Belgium. Past champions, Puerto Rico and Brooklawn, are expected to return to the event this year.

STOP-DWI stands for "Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated". The STOP-DWI Program was enacted by the State Legislature in 1981 for the purposes of empowering county governments to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes within the context of a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining alcohol and highway safety program.