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2014 Mirabito Stop DWI Holiday Classic Kick-Off

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, Broome County STOP DWI Coordinator and Tournament Director Chris Marion, Binghamton City School officials, event sponsors, tournament organizers and local high school teams attended a news conference to announce details of the 23rd annual Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic, which will take place December 27th through the 30th at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in downtown Binghamton.

“The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is a much anticipated holiday tradition that delivers an important message through an impressive high school basketball competition,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “We are very excited to mark the 23rd anniversary of the event and the third with Mirabito as the title sponsor. Brooms County thanks Mirabito Energy Products, tournament organizers and sponsors of the Holiday Classic, who continue to make this showcase event possible.”


“Each year the Tournament mixes top flight competition with numerous seminars to highlight the serious consequences of impaired driving and we have a tremendous field for 2014 in terms of competition and speakers,” said Chris Marion, Tournament Director and Broome County STOP-DWI Program coordinator. “I can’t say enough about the support we have received from the Mirabito family by making a good product even better.”


“First and foremost, spreading the STOP-DWI message is so important in our community and this is a great opportunity to do that,” said Joe Mirabito, CEO of Mirabito.  “We are honored to be partnered with Broome County on this premier event and look forward to seeing competitive basketball at the Arena this year and in the years to come.”


The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is recognized as one of the premier holiday high school basketball tournaments in the Northeast. The Holiday Classic will again feature an eight-team national division and two four-team regional divisions.


For 2014, discounted pre-sale tickets will be available at the Arena Box Office until the end of the day on December 23rd. Tournament passes (20 games) will cost just $30 for ages six and up and session tickets (3 or 4 games) cost $5.00 for ages six and up. Children age five and under are free. On December 24th and throughout the tournament, prices increase to $42 for tournament passes and $10 for session passes. All games will be held at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on December 28th, 29th, and 30th. For a complete game schedule, visit and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.


The Aldo Rossi Jr Memorial Police v. Police basketball game will again be held in conjunction with the 3-Point and Dunk Competition. Port Dickinson Police Officer Aldo Rossi Jr. was tragically stuck and killed by a drunk driver in 2008 on Route 7 in the Village of Port Dickinson. The memorial game and competition will take place beginning at 5.30pm on Friday, December 27th at the Veterans Memorial Arena. This will be the first chance for area fans to see the players display their skills. Tickets for the memorial game and dunk contest can be purchased the day of the event at the Arena for $5.


The education component of the Tournament has also been enhanced to include a comprehensive traffic safety message focusing on impaired, distracted and aggressive driving. Educational speakers for the 2014 tournament include:

  • Jonathan Mueller presenting “Jonathan Against Drunk Driving” which focuses on his experiences after being hit head-on by a drunk driver in 1998;

  • Visions Federal Credit Union presenting “Financial Literacy for Young Adults;”

  • Broome County STOP-DWI, Traffic Safety Program, and New York State Police presenting “Hang Up, Buckle Up, Stay Sober, Just Drive” which focuses on impaired and distracted driving as well as seat belt use.

  • Teen Traffic Safety Day interactive activities including a “Battle of the Belts” seatbelt competition, impaired driving simulators using “Fatal Vision” goggles, and distracted driving simulators.


Teams participating include:


            National Division                                                                            


Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS, Brooklyn, NY                                           

Emmaus High School, Emmaus, PA                                                            

Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, VA                                             

Nichols School, Buffalo, NY                                                                         

Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia, PA                                     

St Michael’s College School, Toronto, Ontario                                      

Westhill High School, Syracuse, NY                                                   

Wings Academy, Bronx, NY                                                             


           Regional Division

Binghamton High School
Kennedy High School, Somers, NY
Moravia High School
Norwich High School
Owego Free Academy
Sidney High School
Whitney Point High School
Windsor High School

12/16/2014 - 11:36am