NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware is looking for 1,400 individuals who will dare to donate blood on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the 10th annual Colonial Athletic Association Have a Heart Blood Challenge.
This annual competition pits the schools in the CAA against each other to see which one can get the most donors. UD has taken the title four times in the past.
The UD effort, held in partnership with the Blood Bank of Delmarva, will offer four places to donate blood this year:
• Multipurpose Rooms of the Trabant University Center (7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.)
• Pencader Hall (12 noon-6 p.m.)
• Bob Carpenter Club at the Bob Carpenter Center (12 noon-6 p.m.)
• Ballroom of the Goodstay Center, 2600 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington (12 noon-6 p.m.)
The CAA Blood Challenge is open to the public, and appointments are recommended. To make an appointment to give blood, call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit the Blood Bank of Delmarva website at: www.delmarvablood.org.
Previous events were held on the campuses of William & Mary (Sept. 6), Virginia Commonwealth (Sept. 21), UNCW (Sept. 22), Georgia State (Sept. 27), Hofstra (Oct. 11), Drexel (Oct. 20), Northeastern (Oct. 24), and James Madison (Oct. 26). Old Dominion, George Mason, and Towson will hold their events in November prior to Delaware.
The Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge has developed into one of the conference’s most important public service projects. The CAA Blood Challenge has raised 26,819 units of blood over the past nine years, which has helped to save 80,457 lives.
“The CAA Blood Challenge has become a great source of pride for the conference and its member institutions over the past decade,” CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. “The event has grown each year and we have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and participation on each of our campuses. We look forward to continued success with this very important life-saving project.”
Each CAA institution designates one day during the fall term to conduct a campus-wide blood drive. With the assistance of local blood service centers, a count is kept of all people who donate blood on that day. Based on those numbers, the CAA determines a winner and presents a trophy to that institution. The 2010 event resulted in 4,498 actual donors and 4,718 productive units of blood from the 12 CAA campuses, which represented an eight percent increase over the 2009 totals and more than four times the amount collected during the inaugural blood challenge in 2002.
Drexel University won the CAA Blood Challenge for the fifth consecutive year in 2010 with 1,105 actual donors, which resulted in 1,045 productive units of blood collected. It was the first time that any school had exceeded the 1,000 donor mark. All 12 CAA institutions had at least 90 donors participate in the program and eight collected more than 230 units of blood. George Mason finished second with 727 donors, while four-time champion Delaware was third with 654 donors and VCU placed fourth with 439 donors.
The CAA Blood Challenge was developed by the conference presidents as a fun way to emphasize the critical importance of donating blood. Each institution promotes the event on campus and encourages student groups, faculty, staff and alumni to participate and support their school.