University of Delaware To Take Part in 11th Annual Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge on November 14
October 11, 2012
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware will look to hold onto its title as UD will once again participate in the Colonial Athletic Association Have a Heart Blood Challenge on Wednesday, November 14.
The annual competition, currently in its 11th year, pits the schools in the CAA against each other to see which one can get the most donors. Delaware has taken the title five times, including in 2011 when UD secured the largest one-day blood drive in Delaware with 1,086 donors.
Locations include the Trabant Multipurpose Room from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Perkins Student Center from 12 noon to 6 p.m., Pencader Hall from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and the Bob Carpenter Center from 12 noon to 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.delmarva.org/donate.
This year everyone who donates to the CAA Blood Challenge at the Trabant Center or Bob Carpenter Center will receive one free ticket to the Blue Hens’ football home game against Villanova on Saturday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m.
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.
Delaware will be the final school to participate in the challenge this year. William & Mary, UNCW, and Georgia State have already held their events, with Drexel (Oct. 18), James Madison (Oct. 23), Northeastern (Oct. 29), Hofstra (Oct. 30), Old Dominion (Nov. 8), George Mason (Nov. 12) and Towson (Nov. 12) having their dates upcoming.
Last year’s event produced record-setting numbers for the ninth straight year with 5,232 actual donors and 5,287 productive units of blood collected from the CAA campuses. That total represented a 12 percent increase in the amount of blood collected from the 2010 Challenge and is more than four times the amount that was collected during the inaugural campaign in 2002. The CAA Blood Challenge has resulted in 32,106 productive units of blood since it began. All 12 CAA institutions had at least 115 donors participate in the program last year.
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.
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