Oneida County STOP-DWI High School Baseball Classic Returns

After Two-Year Hiatus, Hamilton College to Host 9th Annual Event April 23

After a two-year hiatus, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced the return of the Oneida County STOP-DWI High School Baseball Classic on April 23.

“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 9th 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.

Sponsors for the 9th Annual Oneida County STOP-DWI High School Baseball Classic include Adirondack Bank, Adjusters International-Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro, Cliff’s Local Market, Coca-Cola, Cooperstown Bat, First Source, IBEW-NECA Local 43, Mauro’s Glass, Mohawk Valley Community College, Oriskany Manufacturing Technologies, Pavia Real Estate Services, Preferred Mutual,, Utica Bread and WURTH.