NEWARK, Del.   --  The University of Delaware hopes to turn out more than 1,500 blood donors as part of the annual Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge to be held this Wednesday, Nov. 13, at four different campus sites.

Delaware won the conference championship in 2012, with a school-record 1,232 donors, the highest total in the history of the event. This year, organizers hope to top that total with a goal of 1,500.

The UD event, held in cooperation with the Blood Bank of Delmarva, will have four sites at which members of the campus community can give blood. They are:

•  Trabant University Center Multipurpose Rooms, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
•  Christiana Commons, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•  Perkins Student Center, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•  Bob Carpenter Center, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The blood drive is open to the public. To participate, donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Donors are asked to eat a good meal within three hours of giving blood and to drink plenty of water.

To schedule an appointment, visit the Blood Bank of Delmarva website or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8.

During the 2012 CAA Blood Challenge, 4,613 productive units of blood were collected from 4,381 donors on 10 CAA campuses, nearly 30 percent of them on the UD campus. Delaware captured the CAA Blood Challenge title for the second year in a row and for the sixth time overall.

Over the 11-year history of the event, the CAA Blood Challenge has resulted in 36,719 productive units of blood.

“We are truly looking forward to partnering with UD again this year to have the largest one-day blood drive,” said Michael Waite, director of marketing and community relations for Blood Bank of Delmarva. “The fact that we are able to get so many students and community members to join us for this competition truly shows their support for the school as well as their dedication to saving local lives. We are very grateful for all of our donors.”

Waite added, “This drive comes at a crucial time for us because it is leading into the holiday season. Typically, blood donations are lower during the holidays and the blood we collect at the CAA Blood Challenge helps us sustain our inventory during that time.”