Big Blue Crush 2013 Nov. 8, 2013

Kentucky vs. Tennessee blood battle is Nov. 18-22

Big Blue Crush 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. – It’s time again for Cat fans to show they bleed blue during the 26th annual Big Blue Crush blood drive competition between Kentucky and Tennessee fans.

Blood donors will receive a long-sleeve Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a coupon for a McDonald’s McCafe’ beverage. Monday and Tuesday donors will also be eligible to win two tickets to the Kentucky-Tennessee football game on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Commonwealth Stadium.

Besides being a fun competition between Kentucky and Tennessee fans and Kentucky Blood Center and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville, Tenn., this yearly blood battle also ensures a sufficient blood supply for Kentucky patients during the Thanksgiving holiday and into December.

Bragging rights are also on the line.

“The competition is tied 12 to 12 with one tie,” said Bill Reed, KBC’s president and CEO. “When we beat Tennessee this year we’ll take the overall lead, which we haven’t held in quite some time. We know Tennessee is planning a big week, but we believe our donors will rally and help keep the trophy in Kentucky for another year.”

Big Blue Crush long-sleeve shirt

Crush the Vols and Get a Long-Sleeve Shirt

To schedule a donation, visit or call 800.775.2522.

Blood donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at

About Kentucky Blood Center

KBC, the largest FDA regulated blood bank in Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. KBC relies on volunteers to donate 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood components.