Oneida County STOP-DWI High School Baseball Classic returns

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After a two-year hiatus, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. Thursday announced the return of the Oneida County STOP-DWI High School Baseball Classic on Saturday.

“We are happy to see this annual Oneida County tradition return after a two-year absence due to the pandemic,” Picente said. “For nine years, the STOP-DWI High School Baseball Classic has served as a catalyst for raising awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs among student athletes and their families. This great event educates a captive audience on many health and safety issues while showcasing the abundant baseball talent we have throughout our community.” 

The ninth annual Oneida County STOP-DWI High School Baseball Classic will take place at the Loop Road Baseball Complex at Hamilton College in Clinton and feature the following matchups:

• Waterville vs. Westmoreland at 11 a.m.

• Notre Dame vs. New Hartford at 2 p.m.

• Camden vs. Whitesboro at 5 p.m.

The following educational stations will be available to students and attendees at the event:

• Oneida County Sheriff’s Office – The Dangers of Texting & Driving

• Oneida County Health Department – Food for Fuel & Energize the Body

• New York State Police – The Importance of Seatbelts

• New York State Department of Transportation – The Dangers of Work Zone & Pedestrian Driving Safety

• Center for Family Life & Recovery – How Mental Health Impacts Physical Well-Being

All participating student athletes will also sign the county’s “Don’t Text & Drive Pledge.”

The Baseball Classic, which is free to the public, is a prelude to New York State’s No Empty Chair Campaign that kicks off next week and Teen Traffic Safety Week which takes place in May. Oneida County’s STOP-DWI program provides ongoing education to local school districts throughout the year. 

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