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The Maria Tiberi Foundation has taken the generous donations of our supporters and has provided driving simulators to the following organizations:

5 simulators were given to the Ohio Department of Transportation to be used all over Ohio during their focus on driving events.

2 simulators were given to the Columbus Police Department

2 simulators were given to the Dublin Police Department

1 simulator was given to the Westerville Police Department

1 simulator was given to the New Albany Police Department

1 simulator was given to the Newark Police Department

1 simulator was given to the Reynoldsburg Police Department

We have an order in for another SIX simulators to be distributed locally.

Maria was a senior at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and was a Graphics Design Major.  During High School she worked on The Perspective, the school magazine, at Dublin Coffman High School.  The Foundation intends to provide scholarship dollars to a student following in Maria's footsteps ... a fellow Perspective collaborator who intends to continue higher education in the Media and Graphics Arts fields.


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A Community Supported Foundation in Memory of Maria Elizabeth Tiberi

Maria Tiberi Foundation Partners with Virtual Driver Interactive to Provide Driving Simulators & Raise Awareness of Distracted Driving Perils in Ohio
Parents create foundation honoring daughter’s memory and vowing to educate Ohio teens on risks of distracted driving.

Dorado Hills, CA.—March 17, 2015 (PRWEB) March 19, 2015 -- Virtual Driver Interactive, Inc. (VDI), the leading provider of simulation training solutions, today announced the expansion of its partnership with the Maria Tiberi Foundation to educate teens throughout Ohio on reducing the preventable injuries associated with distracted driving.

Dom & Terri Tiberi founded the Maria Tiberi Foundation and “Maria’s Message’ in memory of their daughter, Maria, who was killed tragically in an automobile accident colliding at 53 miles per hour into the back of a semi truck. Since Maria had only three years of driving experience, the Tiberi’s are devoted to ensuring no one else has to endure the tragic loss of a loved one due to inexperience or lack of appropriate driver education. To increase defensive driving skills as well as understand the consequences of distracted driving, Mr. Tiberi recommends that simulation become part of standard driver education in the U.S.

The Maria Tiberi Foundation has donated thirteen VDI simulators to date with more to be purchased soon. The simulators have been deployed throughout Ohio to reach as many teens as possible including five simulators to the Ohio Department of Transportation and eight to local police departments.

The Ohio House of Representatives is contemplating an increase in driver education requirements and higher penalties for distracted driving. As a proponent of the “Drive Toward a Safer Ohio” initiative, Mr. Tiberi recently told members of the Ohio House Finance Committee that adding simulated driving tests to license requirements would give our young drivers much more driving experience before they take to the road for real.

"We as parents and grandparents should be outraged that the number one killer of our kids age 8 to 24 is car crashes…it is so preventable. Education is the key and we must change teen driving behaviors and habits. Distracted driving is an epidemic in our country. It is anything that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your driving.” said Mr. Tiberi. “I believe the use of simulators is a great educational tool."

About Virtual Driver Interactive
Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI) is well known for its vision of innovative simulation-based training. From training experienced corporate fleets to new teen drivers, VDI delivers highly portable, affordable and effective solutions. Titles include Virtual HD® (Virtual Hazard Detection), designed specifically for corporate fleets; One Simple Decision®, a deterrent to distracted or impaired driving; Virtual DE™ (Virtual Driving Essentials), a driver training and assessment program teaching critical skills; and Boating Skills VT™, industry’s leading simulation-based boating safety program. VDI is a privately-held company headquartered in El Dorado Hills, California. For more information about please visit http://www.driverinteractive.com.

About the Maria Tiberi Foundation
The Maria Tiberi Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-supported organization that encourages defensive driving and educates about the dangers of distracted driving. The foundation is named in memory of Maria Tiberi, the daughter of central Ohio TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi, whose life tragically ended after driving distracted. “Maria’s Message” is dedicated to stopping the epidemic of teen deaths caused by distracted driving car crashes.

Maria's Miles 3-Mile is a family-friendly, fund-raising event to benefit Maria's Message and the Maria Tiberi Foundation.

10TV's Dom Tiberi lost his daughter Maria Tiberi, a senior majoring at Graphics Design at The Ohio State University, in a tragic car accident in 2013 that by all accounts could have been prevented. Tiberi has now dedicated his life to spreading a message, Maria's Message, about the dangers of distracted driving with the hope of saving lives.

The Maria Tiberi Foundation raises funds to purchase simulator distracted driving machines, which further raise awareness among drivers of all ages to the dangers and challenges of distracted driving.Type your paragraph here.


Every Participant receives:
Super Soft Tri-Blend Race Shirt
Admission to Columbus Italian Festival on October 11 ($5 Value)
Post-Race Food & Beverages

Entry Fee 2015:
$45 Sept 1st through Race Day (or until sold out)

What You Need To Bring: Please bring a printed copy of your bib number confirmation (this will be emailed the week of the race) and your picture ID. Showing this on a smartphone or tablet is also allowed.

Are You Picking Up For Someone Else? If you are picking up a packet for a friend please bring a copy of their email confirmation with their bib number assignment and a photo copy or picture of their photo ID.


If you are traveling from out of town and cannot pick up your packet during the listed times, please contact us at info@m3ssports.com.


Parking for the event will be $5.00 and will be located across from the festival. The lot can be accessed from 4th St. by turning right on Neruda. Parking staff will be on hand to collect the $5 and to assist in getting you parked.

Secondary parking will be located in The Greater Columbus Convention Center parking lots. The lots are a short walk to the starting line located at 659 N 4th St., Columbus, OH 43215. 

M3S Sports is proud to partner with the Columbus Italian Festival on Maria's Miles. The festival was founded in 1980 and moved to St. John The Baptist Italian Catholic Church in 2001. Each year on Columbus Day Weekend the Italian community celebrates with the finest in food, entertainment and Italian culture. This year's festival will be held Oct. 9–11, 2015.

Questions: Email info@m3ssports.com

What is Amazon Smile?


AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. 

The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Our first check from Amazon Smile was for $5.00.  Your purchases are adding up!

Maria Tiberi Foundation

The Maria Tiberi Foundation (Tax ID# 46-3814834)  is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions to the Foundation are deductible under IRS Code Section 170.  The Foundation is also entitled to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts under IRS Code Sections 2055, 2106, and 2522.  The IRS letter making this determination is available to donors and foundations upon request.

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The Foundation has launched a campaign to bring Defensive Driving to the forefront.  Maria had only three short years of driving experience and the Foundation would like to encourage better defensive driver training.  Our first initiative will be to attempt to encourage better Defensive Driver's Education. 

St. Brigid of Kildare Church has established a scholarship in Maria's honor.  The Foundation will continue to support the Maria Tiberi Scholarship so that students may be able to attend the elementary school with financial assistance.


Dom Tiberi is on a mission to create a new generation of defensive, not distracted, drivers.  That's why Dom is committed to take Maria's Message to as many young drivers as he can.  His Maria's Message presentation is designed for High School audiences.  Dom gives the students the parent's perspective and encourages them to take the Maria's Message pledge to be safe drivers.  In the year from April, 2014 to April, 2015, Dom delivered Maria's Message to 49 Central Ohio High Schools and more than 30,000 young people. If you want Dom to deliver Maria's Message at your school, contact Angela Pace at Angela.Pace@10tv.com.  You must be a school official to book the presentation.